The long-range missiles of the US defence shield might not be heading for Polish soil, but that does not necessarily mean there will not be any American firepower there. The United States has confirmed plans to deploy new anti-missile systems targeting short and medium range weapons in 2015.
Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk said: “I wouldn’t call today’s events Poland’s failure. Being in this part of the world we will always have to work on security. The day will never come when someone will be able to say we are 100 per cent safe, but thankfully nobody can say today that we are in a worse position than yesterday.” Neither Poland nor the Czech Republic expressed concern about their relations with Washington following the decision. In the Czech Republic, campaigners against the planned missile shield toasted the news from the White House. But their celebrations were far from wholehearted. They claim that 70 percent of the Czech population opposed the American plan, which they believed made them a target for attack. Now they are considering what to do about the possibility of a new American deployment.