Russia on Monday reportedly knocked reports that Poland wants to secure a permanent U.S. military presence inside its borders.
“When we see the gradual expansion of NATO military structures towards our borders…, this of course in no way creates security and stability on the continent,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to Reuters.
It also pointed to a report in Poland that said as much as $2 billion is being pledged to support the permanent U.S. troops.
The AP noted Polish security concerns in the wake of Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and the Kremlin’s support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Blaszczak met at the Pentagon in April “to discuss mutual security issues and to reaffirm the defense relationship between their nations,” according to the Department of Defense.
Mattis at the time described the bond between the militaries and people of the U.S. and Poland as strong and thanked Blaszczak for Poland’s continued hosting of U.S. and NATO forces, and for its contribution to missions against ISIS and in Afghanistan.
BY KYLE BALLUCK – 05/28/18