ahhh…troll with Condi as bait…SSDD…
[quote]U.S. obliged to provide security for Poland under missile shield deal(2) - Polish PM Donald Tusk
WARSAW. AUGUST 20. INTERFAX CENTRAL EUROPE -
The United States is obliged to provide security for Poland, as well as for any American facilities in Poland, according to a now signed agreement to place elements of a U.S. missile shield on Polish soil, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said, following the signing of the agreement Wednesday morning in Warsaw.
“The U.S. is obliged to provide security to Poland and any American
facilities on its territory,” Tusk said. "Poland and the U.S. will act
together against military and non-military threats caused by third
parties and seek to minimize their results.
“The increased cooperation as envisaged in the declaration will improve
the security of Poland and the United States,” he added. “Cooperation on
missile defense strengthens strategic cooperation, and both parties are
convinced this cooperation will bring long-term mutual effects in for
their security relationship.”
Tusk added that both countries plan to conclude several bilateral
agreements to enhance defense and security cooperation between them.
“We have the right to believe that we have together made a breakthrough when it comes to the security of Poland and the U.S.A.,” he said. "We’ve tried to achieve this together, something that is so important for Poles, so that global security also means the security of our territory.
“The presence of a Patriot missile battery that will defend our
territory and American facilities is the practical dimension of this
agreement,” he said.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Polish Foreign Affairs
Minister Radoslaw Sikorski signed an agreement, which will see elements
of a missile shield placed on Polish soil today in Warsaw at 11:41 local
The agreement will also see a Patriot missile battery placed on Polish
soil - an element that at one time was a stopping point in negotiations.
Poland and the United States have long negotiated whether to place
elements of the missile shield in Poland. Russia has vehemently opposed
the shield, but negotiations appeared to pick up pace following Russia’s
incursion into Georgia, which came as a reaction to Georgia’s attempt to
retake the breakaway region of South Ossetia in early August.
During an early morning press briefing prior to the signing Rice said
that the agreement, which includes a U.S. commitment to help modernize the Polish armed forces, shows the tight bond between the two countries.
“It will deepen our defense cooperation, will deepen our ability to deal
with threats and it confirms what we already know: that Poland is one of
our greatest friends and allies,” Rice said.
Radar installations, training and other weaponry are also part and parcel of this agreement. Its win-win and a feather in Sec. Rices’ hat.