The US has moved a massive number of their troops and military hardware into Poland. And, naturally, Russia decried the move, citing the threat to their national security. As it stands, the US now has 3,000 troops and more than 80 main battle tanks stationed in their NATO ally’s territory.
NATO Military Buildup Spooks Russia
The military buildup in Europe, the largest the US initiated in decades, is part of outgoing US President Barack Obama’s pledge to NATO allies. The threat is real, and European counterparts have serious concerns over Russia’s aggressive moves as of late. Russia’s reaction, however, echoed NATO’s own concerns. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the militarization of Poland as a threat to “our national interests and our security.”
“It’s a third country that is building up its military presence on our borders in Europe,” Peskov said. “It isn’t even a European country.” In addition to the 80 battle-ready tanks and thousands of troops, hundreds of armored vehicles are already at Germany. They are on their way to Eastern Europe via road and rail. Also, the US Armored Brigade Combat Team will conduct war games in the Baltics.
This move is the American response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s territory. It serves as reassurance to the allies of the US in Europe. The plan also calls for a rotation of their armed forces units every nine months.
Russia And Trump’s Administration
The military buildup in Poland comes a little over a week until Donald Trump officially takes office. Trump has, in many instances, indicated that he wants warmer relations with Moscow. There are many questions now if, once in power, Trump will continue American military assistance, the BBC reported.
Media will likely ask Donald Trump’s choice for defense secretary, Gen. James Mattis, about his views on Russia. He will be at his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. His reply will give a clue on the path US foreign policy on Russia and NATO will take during the Trump administration.
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