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MORAG, Poland — The Polish defense minister has welcomed the arrival of an American Patriot missile battery in Poland. He says the presence of U.S. soldiers and equipment strengthens his country's security and its relationship with the United States.
Defense Minister Bogdan Klich also urged U.S. soldiers to respect Poland's laws and customs during the two-year training mission. He spoke at a welcome ceremony Wednesday at the base in Morag, which is 37 miles (60 kilometers) from the Russian border
Deployment of American Patriot missiles in Poland won’t help enhance security and won’t develop relations of mutual trust with Russia, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. “We have repeatedly stated that we do not understand the logic and sense of cooperation between the United States and Poland in this sphere. We note with regret that our questions to the Polish and US sides have remained unanswered, as well as our arguments in favor of temporarily moving the deployment region as far away as possible from Russian borders,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said. Manned by 100-150 American soldiers, a battery of US Patriot missiles will be stationed near the town of Morag, just 60 kilometers from the Russian border.