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Poland open to missile sites, in exchange for U.S. protection

Poland open to missile sites, in exchange for U.S. protection

U.S. Defence Secretary Robert M. Gates was told yesterday that the Polish government supported proposals to base 10 American missile interceptors on its soil, but only so long as Poland's security was enhanced along with that of Western Europe.

Defence Minister Aleksander Szczyglo chose the words carefully in expressing his government's desire to move forward with negotiations for an American missile defence base, clearly hinting that the eventual price to the United States could be an even broader range of security guarantees.

"We came to a common conclusion that this United States project should first and foremost serve to increase the level of security in Europe and, in this case, specifically in Poland," he explained.

The United States argues that the interceptor base under discussion for Poland and a tracking radar proposed for the Czech Republic are to counter the possibility of missiles from Iran. But some officials in both former Soviet bloc states make no secret that one rationale for supporting the plan is to more closely tie the United States to their security as a hedge against potential Russian pressure.

But by moving ahead with negotiations over the anti-missile bases, Poland in particular risks provoking the Kremlin which opposes the U.S. bases.

Russia fears that missile defence sites in the region could be altered in years to come to counter Moscow's sizable nuclear missile fleet.

The New York Times

Re: Poland open to missile sites, in exchange for U.S. protection

Poland needs and want the missile sites, and would be good for them.