MINSK, Belarus – Belarus sees the US base deployment in Poland as a source of military threat to the country, the country’s defense minister Andrei Rawkow said in an interview.
Poland proposed that the United States host a permanent armored division, assuming the expenses – about $1.5-2 dollars. The proposal was presented bilaterally outside the NATO structure. Polish President Andrzej Duda even suggested calling this base Fort Trump.
“As for Belarus, any deployment of foreign troops into adjacent territories is, in one way or another, seen as a source of military threat to our country, that is, it is a factor or combination of factors that, under certain conditions, may lead to an increase in the level of military threat. This is defined in the military doctrine of the Republic of Belarus,” Rawkow said, answering a question about Minsk’s attitude toward the deployment of the US base in Poland.
According to him, in this context, the statements of Warsaw are “taken seriously” by Belarus, as this “can lead to the growth of tension along the ‘West-East’ line.”
“Obviously, such steps do not contribute to strengthening international and regional security and stability,” the agency’s source added.
Recently, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he advised the Polish foreign minister not to create “additional bases”, otherwise Minsk and Moscow would have to respond.
In December, in an interview with Wirtualna Polska, Andrzej Duda said that the decision to establish a permanent US military base in Poland could be taken in the spring. In his view, this will strengthen the security of Poland as well as the region as a whole.
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has called for the creation of a US military base in its territory as a settled issue.
According to him, the issue is not about the presence of the US military in Poland increasing, but only about how this will happen and what kind of units there will be. At the same time, Blaszczak declined to divulge details, since he is “taking care of the strong negotiating position of Poland”.
The idea of installing a permanent American armored division in Poland was presented by Polish President Andrzej Duda. He also proposed the name – “Fort Trump”. Warsaw agreed to pay up to $ 2 billion for the construction of the base.