Russia has viewed the deployment of U.S. troops in Poland as a threat to national security and interests. Over 3,000 U.S. soldiers with 87 battle tanks and 144 Bradley fighting vehicles are on their way from Germany to Poland.
On January 12, an official ceremony was scheduled to mark the arrival of the servicemen. The event has been dubbed the largest U.S. military reinforcement of Europe in decades.
Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov told BBC that the move is a form of threat. “These actions pose a threat to our interests and security,” Peskov said on Thursday. He emphasized, “especially, when a third country is beefing up its military presence along our borders with Europe.”
According to RT, the brigades will be deployed in the western part of Poland. However, drills are planned to take place across the country.
Moreover, after the military exercises, soldiers will be placed among Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, and the Baltic countries. A headquarters unit will be placed in Germany.
Arrival Of US Troops In Poland Brings Tensions
The arrival of the U.S. military forces in Poland is another move for the Operation Atlantic Resolve, a large-scale military undertaking the U.S. launched in April of 2014. It came shortly after Crimea’s vote to join Russia as a demonstration of “continued U.S. commitment to the collective security of Europe.”
NATO sees the buildup along Russia’s borders as a defensive measure, justified by Moscow’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Mechkov, on the other hand, called the deployment a “factor destabilizing European security.”
On the other hand, Poland’s Undersecretary of State for Defense Tomasz Szatkowski said that the move was necessary because of Russia’s “large exercises” next to its border and its “aggressive actions in our vicinity – I mean Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea.” Peskov put forth that “any country will take a buildup of foreign military presence along its borders negatively.”
“This is exactly how we take it,” Peskov said. The U.S. forces’ arrival in Eastern Europe comes days before Donald Trump assumes office.
— Ukraine News (@UaNews_online) December 14, 2016