Pentagon Orders Another 3,000 Troops to Deploy to Poland

The US and NATO are working to increase their presence in Eastern Europe

The Pentagon ordered an additional 3,000 troops to be deployed to Poland on Friday as the US continues to bolster its military presence in Europe amid heightened tensions with Russia.

The new deployment brings the total number of troops the US has sent to Europe in recent weeks to 5,000. The 3,000 soldiers will join the 1,700 US troops that were already sent to Poland.

Meanwhile, two US B-52 bombers arrived in Britain for scheduled NATO drills, and the US Navy deployed four destroyers to Europe. The US military buildup in Europe comes as the US and Russia are engaged in security negotiations. Chief among Moscow’s concerns is the presence of US and NATO troops near its borders.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was in Romania Friday, where he welcomed a new US troop deployment and said the alliance was working to boost its presence in Eastern Europe. “There is an ongoing strengthening of our NATO presence in the eastern part of the alliance,” he said.

Stoltenberg said US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and other NATO military chiefs will meet soon to discuss bolstering the alliance’s presence on the Black Sea.

“We are considering more longer-term adjustments in our posture, and that includes establishing battlegroups in the southeast of the alliance, meaning Romania but also other countries around the Black Sea region,” the NATO chief said.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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