The Government of the United States (USA) decided to deploy two batteries of Patriot anti-missile systems on Polish territory, as a defensive measure against possible aggression, the spokesman for the US European Command, Adam Miller, reported on Tuesday.
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“At the instruction of the Secretary of Defense and the invitation of our Polish allies, General (Daniel) Wolters, commander of the US European Command, ordered the relocation of two Patriot batteries to Poland,” he detailed.
According to Miller, this is a pre-emptive measure, taken in order to “deal with any potential threat to the US, allied forces and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) territory.”
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He added that it is a reasonable defense measure, which reaffirms “our commitment to the fifth paragraph (of the NATO charter]and is not aimed at supporting any offensive operation,” he said.
Patriot anti-missiles are air defense missile systems designed to counter and destroy incoming short-range ballistic missiles, advanced aircraft, and cruise-type missiles.
Poland has become a major staging area for Western weapons and equipment being shipped to Ukraine. US Vice President Kamala Harris will arrive in the Polish capital Warsaw on Wednesday for a visit to assess how the United States can further support Ukraine’s neighboring nations.
The visit comes after the Pentagon rejected a Polish offer to hand over all of its MiG-29 fighter jets to the United States. This idea of Warsaw was handled after the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky requested more planes.
Responding to the request, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Tuesday night that the deal was unworkable and would cause serious concerns for the “complete NATO alliance.”