Friday, August 28, 2015

US 'to Deploy Heavy Weapons to Poland in 2016' |

US 'to Deploy Heavy Weapons to Poland in 2016' | Poland's defense minister said Thursday the United States would deploy heavy weapons to the EU state next year, as regional tensions run high over Russia and the conflict in Ukraine.

Washington had said in June it would store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and eastern European countries.

"We expect this deployment to take place in mid-2016," Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told the local news agency PAP.

He said two locations for the weaponry had been identified in the west and northeast of the country following talks with the United States but would not specify the exact locations.

Siemoniak added that the terms would be finalised during a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels in early October.

The deployment of weaponry will represent the first time since the Cold War that the United States has stationed such equipment in NATO members that were once under Soviet sway.