The United States will send an additional 3,000 troops to Poland, while Romania has sent only 1,000 troops. It should be noted that the announcement was made by the Polish Minister of Defense, while the announcement regarding the sending of American soldiers to Romania was made by US officials.
The additional troops will be sent to Poland in the coming days, four US officials told Reuters, Mediafax informs.
The move comes as Washington intensifies warnings that Russia may be ready to invade Ukraine. Russia denies plans to invade, saying it is defending its own security against NATO alliance aggression. Read more
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak wrote on Twitter late on Friday night that Poland was ready to receive American troops at any time.
“The US administration will send an additional 3,000 troops to Poland because of the tense situation in Ukraine. We spoke today about this issue with (US Secretary of Defense Lloyd) Austin,” he said. “We are ready at any time to receive American soldiers in Poland.”
Soldiers will strengthen US forces in southeastern Poland, Blaszczak told reporters on Saturday.
U.S. officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the deployment of troops would come from the 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and not from U.S. forces in Europe.
They are expected to arrive in Poland by next week, they said.
One of the officials described it as a significant development. Another official said the order was signed by Austin at the behest of President Joe Biden.
The soldiers are in addition to the 8,500 soldiers already on alert to be ready to deploy in Europe in case of need and the nearly 3,000 American soldiers whom the administration said earlier this month are going to Poland and Romania.
Russia has already massacred more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine, and this week launched joint military exercises in neighboring Belarus and naval exercises in the Black Sea.
While denying plans to invade Ukraine, Moscow has said it could take unspecified “technical-military” action if a number of demands are not met, including promises by NATO to never admit Ukraine and withdraw European forces. East.
Both the United States and the United Kingdom have warned that an invasion could take place in a few days.
The Biden administration has urged US citizens to leave Ukraine now, stressing that it will not send US troops to Ukraine to help them flee the country if a Russian invasion takes place.
Although the United States currently has no ships in the Black Sea, the U.S. Navy has sent four additional destroyers to Europe in recent weeks.