In part of its largest military deployment in Europe in decades, the United States is sending troops to Poland and the Baltic States. This buildup is a response to a potential threat from Russia.
It’s one of the most significant military moves in Europe since the end of the Cold War. This military action on the part of the United States was prompted by Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine and Crimea .
The U.S. soldiers will be training with Polish troops in the town of Zagan.
The President-Elect’s Attitude On NATO
There are some who believe that President Obama wanted to send the troops to Poland before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. This is likely because of Trump’s friendly relationships with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
However, the U.S. military has stated that the date for the deployment was not moved up. It’s happening according to the timeframe that was mapped out previously.
The people in Poland and other Eastern European countries are glad t have our troops there before the President-elect takes office. This is because of Trump’s remarks on NATO throughout his presidential campaign.
Trump criticized NATO several times and stated his opinion that Europe should deal with their own security. He questioned the financial contributions of the other members of the pact.
Daniel Marchewka, the mayor of Zagan has said that he hopes Trump’s administration will not withdraw the troops once he takes office. He believes having U.S. troops stationed there will benefit both the U.S. and Poland.
Trump’s nominee for defense secretary seems to disagree with his new boss. General James Mattis, who was a supreme allied commander of NATO has stated that he supports the organization. He has expressed his support to Trump as well.
Predictably, Russia has expressed its displeasure with the deployment of U.S. troops in Poland. They see this move as a threat to their own national security.
In an interview with CNN, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said that the Russian response is a natural reaction to this deployment.
“We see it as a threat to us. This is an action that threatens our interests, our security, moreover, this is a third nation (apart from Russia and Poland) that is increasing its military presence near our borders in Europe, and it’s not even a European nation.
In 2014, Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea against the wishes of the international community. The U.S. is sending troops to the region in order to curtail any future Russian military aggression.