The Pentagon confirmed this Wednesday the dispatch of 3,000 soldiers from U.S to allied countries in Eastern Europe amid tension with Russia about Ukraine.
The spokesman for the United States Department of Defense, John Kirbytold a news conference that 1,000 military personnel will be deployed to Romania, while another 2,000 will be sent to Poland and Germany.
“The current situation demands that we reinforce the deterrent and defensive posture on the eastern flank of the NATO”, Kirby stressed.
In the case of Romania, U.S will relocate 1,000 soldiers currently stationed in Germany to Romanian territory “in the next few days”.
“It is a strike squad and cavalry unit that are designed to be deployed at short notice and move quickly once they are in position.”, the spokesman pointed out, adding that these troops will be added to the 900 that the US currently has in Romania.
In parallel, some 2,000 soldiers, who are now on US soil, will travel in the coming days to Europe: On one side will be members of the 82nd Airborne Division, which will deploy an infantry combat team to Poland.
In response to a question from a journalist, kirby He clarified that most of those 2,000 troops will go to Poland.
On the other hand, the 18th Airborne Corps will send a task force to Germany.
This group “is trained and equipped for a series of missions to deter aggression and reaffirm our commitment to allies,” said Kirby, who stressed that these will be “temporary” missions and not permanent, and that they will not go to fight. to Ukraine.
The Pentagon recalled that apart from these US forces, it maintains 8,500 soldiers in its territory on “high alert”, that they are ready to be mobilized, but that they are not going to do so at the moment.
Kirby also specified that the troops sent to Romania will be under US command, without specifying whether those going to Poland and Germany will be under that command or that of the NATO.
He recalled that the 8,500 who are on “high alert” in the US would be deployed under the Atlantic Alliance Response Force.
Tension has skyrocketed in the last month due to the concentration of more than 100,000 Russian soldiers on the border with Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly repeated that it does not want a war with Kiev and that it does not threaten Ukraine.