The Kremlin has expressed concern over reports that Poland has requested a permanent U.S. military presence on its soil, saying NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s borders undermines stability in Europe.
A top Polish national security official confirmed the proposal on May 29 and said Warsaw is willing to help Washington defray the costs of stationing troops in Poland by spending up to $2 billion on the infrastructure needed to support such a military presence.
Asked about the move, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was every country’s sovereign right to make such decisions, but he said it would prompt a Russian countermove and further roil relations between Moscow and the West.
“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,” Peskov told reporters in a conference call late on May 28.
“On the contrary, these expansionist actions of course lead to counteraction from the Russian side in order to balance the parity which is violated every time in this way,” Peskov said.