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Patriot missiles in Poland by the end of the year?

(B2)A battery of 96 American surface-to-air Patriot missiles could be deployed in Poland before the end of the year, Deputy Defense Minister Stanislaw Komorowski told the press. The battery would be installed in the vicinity of Warsaw and around a hundred American soldiers would be stationed permanently. If we are to believe the daily newspaper  Republic, this announcement seems premature. Divergences still exist between the Polish and American governments on the installation date and operational arrangements. The Pentagon therefore did not want to indicate exactly when the Patriots would be installed (“a negotiation must take place”). But he clarified that they would primarily be for “training and exercise” purposes and not for operational purposes (in particular, they would not be equipped with certain computer programs necessary for the fight against missiles). A formula undoubtedly intended not to provoke the Russian neighbor unnecessarily, but which does not really please Warsaw. Where we don’t want “Patriot” flower boxes…


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).