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Sep 18, 2018 | 19:51 GMT

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U.S.: Polish, U.S. Presidents Meet in Washington

What Happened: U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda met in Washington on Sept. 18 to discuss increasing cooperation on security, energy and investments, AP reported. During a news conference after their meeting, Trump said he is considering the creation of a permanent military base in Poland, which Warsaw has offered to contribute $2 billion to.

Why It Matters: Poland currently has a difficult relationship with the European Union, and it is working to send a message that it still has support from the United States. Through strong security ties with the United States, Poland is hoping to protect itself from Russian influence.

Background: The European Union has begun procedures against Poland under Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union, which is used to punish EU member states for violating human rights or the rule of law.

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