Trump Gets Missile Deal, Request for Energy and Troops in WarsawBy and
Poland signs memorandum to buy Patriot missile defense system
Trump to receive warm reception before heading to Germany
U.S. President Donald Trump was greeted in Poland with the NATO ally’s preliminary commitment to buy an advanced missile-defense system and a request to strengthen military and energy ties.
Trump started his second trip to Europe in Warsaw late on Wednesday, where he’s expected to receive a warm reception before he travels to Germany for a meeting with the leaders of the G-20 industrialized nations. Polish President Andrzej Duda said he’ll discuss with Trump the prospects for permanent U.S. troop presence in the country as concerns grow in Warsaw and other east European capitals over Russia’s policy in a region that used to be part of the communist bloc.
“Ensuring security in this part of the world is a win-win” for the U.S. and Poland, Duda said on public radio on Thursday. He’s also seeking a long-term energy supply deal with U.S. producers after the first shipment of U.S. liquefied natural gas arrived at Poland’s Baltic Sea terminal last month.
Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said Poland signed a memorandum to buy the latest generation of Raytheon Co.’s Patriot missile defense system. The first deliveries of the missile interceptors, which have been a source of tension between NATO and Russia, is scheduled for 2022, he said. He didn’t reveal the contract value, but in March he said such a deal may be worth less than 30 billion zloty ($8 billion).
Poland, which shares a border with Russia, is one of the few NATO members that meet the alliance’s defense-spending target of 2 percent of economic output. Unlike a number of west European governments that are critical of Trump’s stance on climate issues and free trade, the authorities in Warsaw see the U.S. president as a kindred spirit who’s seeking to revitalize politics and give ordinary people more say.
“Trump isn’t afraid to say what we’re saying -- that we must take care of our citizens, that we must take care of our national interests,” Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said on public television Wednesday. “He is breaking some hidden stereotypes and a web of connections between lobbies that have dominated politics.”
— With assistance by Maciej Martewicz