US deploys fighter jets, 300 soldiers to Poland

Monday, March 10, 2014
By Paul Martin
Mar. 9, 2014

Warsaw (AFP) – The United States is sending a dozen F-16 fighter jets to Poland as a part of a training exercise, amid continuing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the Polish defence ministry said on Sunday.

Three hundred US service personnel will also be sent to Poland as part of the exercise. The deployment will be completed by Thursday.

Chuck Hagel, the US Secretary of State for Defence, and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak agreed the deployment during a phone call, according to a statement from the Polish ministry.

“The unit will be composed of 12 F-16 planes and will transport 300 soldiers,” defence ministry spokesman Jacek Sonta told AFP.

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