The new agreement envisages an increase of the American military contingent in Poland by a thousand people.
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed an agreement on enhanced defense cooperation on Saturday, August 15, TVN 24 reports.
The new agreement will increase the U.S. military presence in Poland by about 1,000. There are now 4,500 U.S. troops on rotation in Poland.
The U.S. State Department said the EDCA agreement provides a legal basis for cooperation between Poland and the United States and reflects a common vision of deepening military cooperation between the two countries.
The EDCA provides “necessary powers that will allow U.S. forces to have access to specific Polish military installations and to implement joint defensive measures.”
The agreement also introduces a mechanism for allocating logistics and infrastructure costs as a result of the presence of U.S. troops in Poland.
The agency notes that “Poland has the right to revoke U.S. jurisdiction against U.S. soldiers in Poland in serious cases.”
Poland’s defense minister said that within the framework of the agreement it was possible to agree even more than originally thought. “It’s an amazing negotiating success,” he said.
Earlier, Warsaw and Washington identified the locations of some new units of U.S. troops in Poland.