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Jun 3, 2014 6:45 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Obama: US will boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - President Barack Obama says the United States plans to increase its military presence in Europe by sending in more American troops.

Obama is speaking at a joint news conference in Warsaw with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Obama says his new initiative will involve prepositioning more U.S. military equipment in Europe as well.

Obama says he's calling on Congress to provide up to $1 billion to support the effort.

The move aims to ease anxiety among NATO allies wary of Russia's threatening moves in Ukraine. Obama says the U.S. has a duty under NATO to protect its allies.

Komorowski says Poland plans to increase its budget for its armed forces up to 2 percent of its gross domestic product. He says it's a tangible, clear sign of engagement.

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