US Tanks Start Arriving in Poland

Alicia WestJan 13, 2017

Officials say the rotation of troops and added equipment will enhance deterrence capabilities in the region and add to the U.S. ability to respond to potential crises.

This rotation will enhance deterrence capabilities in the region, improve the USA ability to respond to potential crises and defend allies and partners in the European community. The troops will be followed by the roughly 2,800 tanks and other pieces of military equipment which are now en route from Germany.

The troops from the U.S. Army's 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Poland will spend the next several days organizing vehicles and conducting maintenance checks to prepare equipment for the next nine months of operation. The troops arrived last week in Germany and are gathering in Poland before units will fan out across seven countries from Estonia to Bulgaria.

The Kremlin said yesterday it was concerned by what it described as a United States military build-up in Poland, saying the move represented a threat to its national security. "And this is not just a symbolic presence but one with a real capability".

Europe is welcoming the largest USA military deployment in the region since the Cold War.

"This is exactly how we take it", Peskov said.

But the operation comes a week ahead of the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump, who has suggested his Republican administration will seek to ease tensions with the Kremlin.

"We are welcoming American soldiers who will station in Poland and from whose experience we will benefit", Mika said. On Thursday, Russia claimed that the American military presence in Poland is a threat to its national security. Let's find a way to work this out that might lead to some kind of an agreement where in a year, we're pulling some of those troops back, but we're doing it in concert with Russian withdrawals from the western military districts of Russia'.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation describes the buildup along Russia's borders as a defensive measure justified by Moscow's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. "I don't know that I'm going to get along with Vladimir Putin".

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, on the other hand, has said he hopes any effort to reconcile with Russian Federation "does not happen at our expense".

The US will deploy to the region an additional armoured brigade that is usually based in Fort Carson, Colorado.

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