posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 02:12 PM
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland and the United States signed a deal on Friday that paves the way for the stationing of U.S. troops on the territory of its
east European NATO ally.
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The "status of forces" accord (SOFA), a technical document tentatively approved in November after 15 months of talks, also makes possible
deployments of a U.S. Patriot missile battery in Poland next year as part of plans to upgrade its air defences.
"This agreement is a good basis for cooperation between the U.S. and Polish armed forces in the future," Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich told
reporters at the signing ceremony.
"For Poland, this signifies a strengthening of our national security."
Poland, perturbed by Russia's more assertive foreign policy, has long complained that it hosts no U.S. troops or major military installations 10
years after it joined NATO and despite a strong track record of sending troops to help in U.S.-led missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.