US, Poland sign military & LNG contracts while bashing Russian gas supply to EU
President Donald Trump confirmed that the US and Poland have signed a “joint declaration” to advance military cooperation, including buying F-35 fighters, and signed a $8 billion contract for US liquefied natural gas.
Ahead of the joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday, a F-35 conducted a flyover above the White House, in a stunt meant to celebrate Warsaw’s decision to purchase 32 of the US-made jets.
Trump spoke of the “unbreakable bonds” between the two countries, which, he said, were bound by “deep common values” and “shared goals.”
Earlier during an Oval Office meeting with Duda, Trump said that about 2,000 additional US troops could be moved to Poland from another location in Europe, but said no final decision was made. Duda said he hoped the US military presence in Poland would be enduring and would increase gradually.
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Poland also signed contracts worth around $8 billion for American LNG, Trump said. Poland had already signed a 20-year deal to buy LNG from the US, in a bid to reduce its reliance on Russian gas, despite the fact that American LNG is more expensive and is not as reliable to meet Poland’s needs.
Asked by a reporter how he felt about Germany’s decision to work with Russia on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Trump said Germany was making a “tremendous mistake.”
Trump also said his administration was planning to include Poland in its visa-waiver program “very soon.”
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