The United States is deploying troops to Poland, the Baltic states and Romania amid tensions with Russia, U.S. defense officials revealed, several news outlets reported.
Following talks with the commander of U.S. land troops in Europe, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz Macierewicz said he was “very happy that a decision has been taken by the U.S,” according to The Associated Press.
An Armored Brigade Combat Team from Fort Carson, Colorado will be deployed to Zagan, western Poland, while another U.S. force, a battalion, will be deployed to Orzysz, in the northeast, according to The Pentagon.
Hodges said the troops will arrive in the German port of Bremerhaven on Jan. 6 and will be immediately deployed to Poland, the Baltic states and Romania. Their transfer will be timed and treated as a test of “how fast the force can move from port to field,” he said.
“I’m confident in the very powerful signal, the message it will send (that) the United States, along with the rest of NATO, is committed to deterrence,” Hodges said.
He said the armored brigade has already moved out of its Colorado base and is loading on ships.
In a separate decision, the members of NATO approved the deployment of four multinational battalions to Poland and the Baltic states to deter Russia. Germany will lead a multinational battalion in Lithuania, with similar battalions to be led by the United States in Poland, Britain in Estonia and Canada in Latvia.
Your move, Putin.