Pompeo to discuss US troop moves in Eastern Europe

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Eastern Europe next week to discuss US troops dislocation out of Germany, news wires reported. He will travel to Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Austria on a weeklong trip starting 11 August that is expected to also focus on limiting Chinese influence.

The US has been boosting military cooperation with Poland as it pulls troops out of Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel has tense relations with Trump. Polish President Andrzej Duda last month won a narrow victory after a polarising campaign in which he flew to Washington as President Donald Trump's first White House visitor under the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pentagon said last month that the US will send home some 6,400 military personnel from Germany and move nearly 5,600 to other NATO countries including Italy and Belgium. Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has said that the US will deploy at least 1,000 troops to Poland, a strong supporter of the NATO alliance due to its longstanding concerns about neighbouring Russia.

The trip also comes as Pompeo campaigns to reduce Chinese influence around the world and encourage allies to shun Huawei, arguing that the tech titan endangers security through its ties to Beijing. Pompeo has pledged to put a greater focus on Central and Eastern Europe amid a resurgent Russia.

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