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Russia threatened retaliation Monday after news that Poland wants a permanent U.S. military base within its borders and is willing to pay up to $2 billion for the facility.

The proposal for an American base touched off a rhetorical firestorm between Moscow and Warsaw, as leaders from both sides traded threats and cast a fresh spotlight on simmering tensions in Eastern Europe.

U.S. officials had no immediate comment on the Polish plan, but Moscow seized the opportunity Monday — on an otherwise quiet Memorial Day in Washington — to push back hard against potential attempts by the Trump administration to bolster the U.S. military presence in the region.“These expansionist steps, certainly, result in counteractions of the Russian side to balance the parity which is violated every time this way,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow.

The base is a defensive measure – Poland has no intentions of attacking or invading Russia; we got it out of our system in 1920. Nowadays, we just want to enjoy quiet life of peace, democracy and free market, outside of Vlad Putin’s informal empire.
By offering to pay in full for the construction of the base, the Polish plan fits with President Trump’s call for NATO members — Poland has been a member since 1999 — to beef up their own financial contributions to the alliance.
Which is a smart move, considering the current alliance politics.
Russia, meanwhile, keeps digging:
kaliningrad
The existence of the Kaliningrad enclave is a bizarre geopolitical reality we have to live with, even if personally I would feel safer if it was still German Konigsberg.

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