May 31, 2018

IntelBrief: Poland’s Ask of the United States 

Poland's Minister of Defense Mariusz Blaszczak, right right, attends an arrival ceremony hosted by Defense Secretary James Mattis, left of Blaszczak, Friday April 27, 2018, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) .
  • The Polish Defense Ministry has publicly stated it wants a permanent U.S. military presence to deter possible Russian aggression.
  • The discussions between the U.S. and Poland, which included an offer for funding, have renewed the issue of NATO expansion near Russia’s border.
  • Russia has already stated such a move would harm European security and lead to Russian ‘counteraction’ to reset the balance of power.
  • Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and its thinly disguised invasion of eastern Ukraine has led Poland and others to seek additional deterrence.