Construction of new US missile defense installation begins in Poland

Construction of a new US missile defense base has begun in the Polish village of Redzikowo.

The ground breaking ceremony was attended by Polish President Andrzej Duda, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, and US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported with reference to TVN 24.

On Thursday, the US’s European missile defense system in Romania was officially declared operational.

According to Washington, the missile defense shields are meant to protect US troops and NATO allies from ballistic missiles from the Middle East.

Moscow, however, insists that the installations were constructed for use against Russia. The Kremlin has also stated that the missile defense systems will disrupt the regional strategic balance.

Upon completion, the base will be home to 300 soldiers and civilians.

Construction of the missile defense installation is scheduled to be finished in 2018.

  Poland, NATO, Russia, USA