On 15 September, the US and Poland signed a joint statement in which the two countries agreed on the deployment of elements of a missile defence shield in Poland by 2018.
“I welcome the entry into force of the basing agreement between the United States of America and Poland on 15 September. This agreement is yet another sign of progress for NATO's missile defence system which will defend against current and emerging ballistic missile threats,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
The system is intended to be located at the Redzikowo Military Base, however, Russia opposes this, saying that it would be too close to the Russian border and would therefore represent a security threat.
“The missile defence base will significantly contribute to NATO's capability to provide protection to its European territory, populations and forces against the growing threat posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles,” Rasmussen added.