NATO has put 300 000 troops on high alert with so-called tripwire deployments in frontline states, according to Voice of America.
The latest US deployment in Europe comes less than two weeks before Donald Trump takes over the White House as US president.
Trump’s friendly comments towards Russia and questioning of NATO have caused great concern among Democrats and well as certain Republicans close to the military-industrial complex.
“Three years after the last American tanks left the continent, we need to get them back,” said Lieutenant General Frederick “Ben” Hodges, commander of US forces in Europe.
He spoke to journalists during a visit to the Logistics School of the Bundeswehr in Garlstedt, Lower Saxony.
While NATO is preparing for war against Russia, the German Bundeswehr is playing a central role. “Without the support of the [German] Army, we can go nowhere,” Hodges said during an appearance at the Joint Support Service of the Bundeswehr.
Germany is preparing to send combat troops to the Baltics where large ethnic Russian minorities reside. In January, 26 tanks, 100 other vehicles and 120 containers will be transported by train to Lithuania. Germany will send the 122nd Infantry Battalion.
US Air Force Lieutenant General Tim Ray, deputy commander of US European Command, issued a prepared statement in Bremerhaven: “Let me be clear: This is one part of our efforts to deter Russian aggression, ensure the territorial integrity of our allies and maintain a Europe that is whole…”
Poland welcomed the move.
— Embassy of Poland US (@PolishEmbassyUS) January 7, 2017
Canada and Britain are also sending a rotating battalion each to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
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