Washington is increasing its presence in Europe by significantly increasing its military strength “defend every inch of allied territory,”On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden stated these words after arriving in Madrid (Spain) for the NATO annual summit.
US 5th Army Corps, which will establish a Headquarters in Poland for its troops, will also deploy 5,000 extra troops to Romania.
Rotational deployments will be increased in the Baltic States, two more squadrons of F-35 fighter aircrafts will be sent to Britain and additional air defenses are being established in Germany and Italy. The US Navy plans to increase the number and size of its destroyers in Spain, from 4 to 6.
There are currently around 100,000 US soldiers stationed abroad. “We’re stepping up, proving that NATO is more needed now than it ever has been and it’s as important as it ever has been,” Biden said.
NATO to be joined by two states
NATO is increasing its military presence along its eastern flank since Russia sent troops into Ukraine at the end of February. The military bloc’s chief, Jens Stoltenberg, said on Monday that the alliance will increase its rapid-response force from 40,000 to 300,000 troops.
Russian President Vladimir Putin cited NATO’s attempts to establish “a foothold”Ukraine is one of the main causes of conflict.
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