WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's defense minister says he expects that heavy U.S. army equipment will be placed in the Central European nation before July, when Poland is to host a NATO summit.
Poland and other nations in the region that were once under Moscow's domination feel threatened by Russia's hostile actions in eastern Ukraine and have asked for permanent U.S. and NATO military presence on their territories as a deterrent.
Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said Thursday that Warsaw and Washington want the equipment and supplies placed in warehouses at five Polish sites before July. The command and some 200 items of equipment would be placed in Ciechanow, in the northeast. Other sites include an air base in Lask, a test range in Drawsko Pomorskie, warehouses in Skwierzyna and a spare location in Choszczno.