Polish and US officials unveiled on Wednesday the first battery of US surface-to-air Patriot-type missiles to be stationed on Polish soil, a move that has vexed Poland's communist-era master Russia. "We regard the deployment of the Patriot system in Poland as an important step increasing our national security and in developing strategic cooperation with the United States," Polish Defence Minister Bogdan Klich said. He was speaking at ceremonies at a Polish military base in the north-eastern town of Morag, just 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the border with Russia's Kaliningrad territory. "This is not just about the equipment because this one battery is not the be-all and end-all. This is about people -- that American soldiers who will service the battery are standing on Polish soil," Klich said, adding he hoped more US troops would be stationed in Poland in the future. The minister also warned the US troops stationed on Polish soil for the first time not "to waste" the hospitality and trust offered by local residents.