US prefers base in central Poland, Warsaw in east of country: official
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Washington prefers to locate a possible permanent US troop presence in central Poland, while Warsaw wants a base in the east of the country, a spokesman for the Polish president said on Friday.
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"The American administration would prefer the centre of the country as far as I know (...); we would prefer the eastern part of the country," said the spokesman, Błażej Spychalski.
Amid fears of Russia, its giant neighbour to the east, Poland has been pressing for a permanent US troop presence on its territory
Spychalski said: "There is a debate, there are talks… and I think that shortly there will probably be real decisions.”
He added that Warsaw wants to spend about USD 2 billion to build infrastructure for American soldiers in Poland.
"I do not know why voices have appeared… that we will pay the Americans” for a presence in Poland, he said.
"We are talking about comprehensive infrastructure, for instance housing, educational facilities, medical facilities, in other words comprehensive infrastructure for troops.”
Polish officials have suggested naming a new base Fort Trump, after the US president.
Senior Polish parliamentarian Adam Bielan said earlier this month that a decision on a possible permanent US troop presence in Poland was likely to be made next year.