Disinfo: US troops will not defend Poland in case of a Russian attack


The US troops will be deployed in the western part of Poland near the cities of Wroclaw and Poznan. Taking into consideration the area of their deployment and their relatively small number, they cannot defend the Polish territory from possible Russian aggression. The Polish bases of the US troops are located in such a way that if the alleged Russian attack took place, the US units would have time to withdraw to Germany.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the US military presence in Central and Eastern Europe - it claims that the deployment of US troops in this region unnecessary. See other cases on the US military presence in Europe here, here and here.

First of all, the claim that the US troops will get immediately withdrawn from Poland in the situation of a possible Russian attack has no ground and no military sense. If the US plans to withdraw its troops from Poland in the situation of a military conflict with Russia, it will not have time to evacuate its units from the Baltic states (as they are stationed very close to the Russian borders). Also, the US authorities decided to establish permanent military presence in Poland - it is a strong sign that the USA perceives the issue of the military security of Poland in a serious way.

Secondly, the major part of the Polish military facilities and Army bases is situated in western regions of this country, so the US decision to deploy its units closer to the Polish forces is logical from military reasons. The deployment of the troops far away from a border with a possible aggressor is standard military practice as it helps to put the Army forces out of reach of missiles and airstrikes. See the map of the US/NATO military presence in Poland here.

See more examples of disinformation messages on the Polish-US relations here and here.




  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, US, Poland
  • Keywords: Military, Encircling Russia, US presence in Europe, NATO


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