Battalion of the US army will be transferred from Germany to Poland as part of the expansion of the military presence of NATO forces in Eastern Europe. This was announced Wednesday at a press conference in Brussels, U.S. Secretary of defense Ashton Carter on the first day of talks with NATO colleagues. The head of the Pentagon has reminded that such decision was accepted members of the Alliance at the July summit in Warsaw.
According to Carter, quoted by the website of the Ministry of defense of the United States, in Poland will be sent to battalion task force, consisting of approximately 900 soldiers from the regiment based in Germany. As said Carter, the us military will arrive in Poland in April 2017 and will be located near the town of Orzysz (Warminsko-Mazurskie province) in the North-East of the country.
In addition, the American battalion aimed at fulfilling “the mission of deterrence forward deployment” will strengthen by one company from Romania and the UK, added Carter.
That about thousands of American soldiers will be stationed in Poland in the framework of strengthening of military presence of NATO in Eastern Europe, before the NATO summit , said in early July, US President Barack Obama after meeting with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.
Then in Warsaw held a “turning point”, according to the Alliance, the NATO summit. It was announced deployment of four battalions of the allies in Eastern Europe. Earlier, NATO said that the move is a response to Russia’s actions.
Four NATO battalion – one in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland – will be in 2017 located in the bordering countries of Russia on regular bases on a rotational basis, it was noted in the decision of the summit. The presence of allies will be constant, but the personnel will be replaced.
The head of the U.S. military at a press conference in Brussels also confirmed that the additional armoured brigade, the intention to send that to Europe on a rotational basis the USA already declared earlier, will arrive in February from Colorado, reports TASS. “First, she will be teaching in Poland. Then the team will send a division-sized company in Bulgaria, Romania and the Baltic States,” said Carter.
According to the Minister of defence, the Baltic States, these parts will remain until the arrival of the battalions of NATO. In June and July of 2017, the team will conduct exercise Saber Strike in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as maneuvers Saber Guardian, Swift Response and Noble Partner in Bulgaria, Romania and Georgia.
The battalion from the brigade will also be sent to Romania. He will be part of a training brigade of NATO, which the Alliance decided to create in Romania to strengthen its position in the Black sea. Carter recalled that American armoured brigade sent to Europe on a rotational basis, will strengthen two similar connections, already in the continent.