WARSAW. DECEMBER 20.
INTERFAX CENTRAL EUROPE – When Poland resumes talk with the United States on deployment of U.S. National Missile Defense (NMD) elements on its territory, Warsaw will likely ask for the placement of either a Patriot or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in the country, Polish daily Dziennik
“According to unofficial information the government is applying for deployment of either Patriot or THAAD [Terminal High Altitude Area Defense] missile defense systems in Poland,” the newspaper wrote.
Poland’s chief negotiator Witold Waszczykowski told the newspaper that additional deployment of a Patriot or THAAD defense system would help neutralize the threat of becoming a target that harboring the U.S. NMD program implies.
“The [missile defense] base causes Russian geo-strategic allergies,” Waszczykowski told the newspaper. “If we are to face a certain risk, it has to be leveled by American support of our armed forces and specification on how America plans to assist Poland in case of danger.”
The Polish government’s stance is a result of declarations made by the Russian authorities, Dziennik wrote.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that Russia is concerned about the strategic stability of the region after possible deployment of the base in Poland and corresponding radar in the Czech Republic. Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen Yury Baluyevsky said in mid-November that the missile defense elements that the United States is planning to deploy in Europe will definitely target Russia.