Russia has raised concerns over the recent 3,000 US soldiers that were posted in Poland. It says that their arrival is a threat to the country’s security.
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These troops were deployed as part of President Obama’s initiatives to reassure NATO members that the US is watchful of Russia’s recent aggressive military upgrades.
This easily goes down in history as one of the largest military reinforcement the US has made in the European zone.
While speaking to BBC, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said that the steps made by the US “threatens our interests and our security”.
He further explained that the US is an external country building up its military on Russia’s borders. “It isn’t even a European country,” said Dmitry Peskov.
Alexei Mechkov, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister also weighed into the matter, terming the move as one that would destabilize European security, BBC News reports.
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However, Poland has supported the deployment calling it a “necessary” move since Russia has made “large exercises” just close to its borders within their vicinity. “I mean Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea,” said the country’s Undersecretary of State for Defence Tomasz Szatkowski.
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The decision has seen over 80 main battle tanks and hundreds of armored vehicles get into Germany. They are currently being transported by rail and road to Eastern Europe.
The US is not alone in this plan. The other participating nations are Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Their goal is to rotate the forces after every 9 months.
As the NATO forces become nervous due to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, President Obama seeks to calm them down by giving a go-on for the US Armoured Brigade to conduct military exercises in the Baltics.
Late October 2016 saw Russia send nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to its exclave of Kaliningrad. A month later on, this was followed by Bastion anti-ship missile launchers, reports BBC News.
Mr. Obama’s plans have been enacted just days before he leaves office for Donald Trump. The next president has been on the forefront calling for improved Washington – Moscow relations.
But even before he comes into power, many have raised concerns that he will put a stop to the heightened US military posture.
Donald Trump has nominated Gen James Mattis to be his Defence Secretary. He will likely be put to task to explain how the new administration will approach Russia as he faces the Senate later on Thursday.