What Happened: Senior Polish and U.S. officials have met in Warsaw to discuss plans for bilateral security cooperation and an increased U.S. military presence in Poland, Radio Poland reported Nov. 6. In addition, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is visiting Poland, where he is expected to discuss Poland's energy diversification efforts.
Why It Matters: Poland and the United States are looking for ways to enhance their bilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues, such as defense and energy. The Polish government has expressed interest in hosting a permanent U.S. military base on its territory, while the United States is interested in selling liquefied natural gas and coal to Poland.
Background: Amid tense relations between Poland and the European Union, Warsaw has been making new overtures to Washington to improve bilateral ties.
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