NATO Summit: Washington Expands Military Presence in Europe | war in Ukraine

Troops and additional equipment will be deployed in Poland, Germany, Britain, Romania, Spain, Italy and the Baltic countries (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia), he said during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The announcement ushered in the annual summit of the leaders of the transatlantic alliance, which will be marked by the announced membership of Sweden and Finland in its ranks and the adoption of a new strategic concept that defines Russia as that main threat Organization.

We’re at the rendezvous and we are proving that NATO is more necessary than everargued President Biden and justified the strengthening of the American position with necessity respond to threats from all directions.

According to President Biden and the Pentagon, who provided more details in a statement, this repositioning will result in:

  • the installation in Poland by a corps d’armée américain”,”text”:”quartier général permanent du 5ecorps d’armée américain”}}”>permanent headquarters of the US 5th Army Corpswhich will become a first permanent American presence on the eastern flank NATO;
  • Deploy two additional squadrons of F-35 fighter jets to Lakenheath base in western England. Squadrons typically consist of at least a dozen aircraft.
  • to send two more destroyers to the Spanish naval base at Rota in southern Spain, bringing their total to six;
  • the use of additional air defense capabilities in Germany and Italy, accompanied by the deployment of 625 and 65 soldiers respectively;
  • Sending an additional brigade to Romania, increasing the number of American soldiers in that country from 2,000 to 5,000;
  • of further assignments in the Baltic States, which, according to the Pentagon, includes artillery, aviation, anti-aircraft defense and the presence of elite troops. Washington also promises a intensification military exercises in these countries.

Putin wanted a “Finlandization” of Europe [c.-à-d. une position de neutralité militaire]. You will have a “NATO” of Europe. That’s not what he wanted, but that’s exactly what is needed to ensure Europe’s security. »

A quote from Joe Biden, President of the United States

President Biden recalled that the United States was already deployed this year 000militaires supplémentaires en Europe pour renforcer nos lignes en réponse aux initiatives agressives de la Russie”,”text”:”20000militaires supplémentaires en Europe pour renforcer nos lignes en réponse aux initiatives agressives de la Russie”}}”>20,000 additional troops in Europe to reinforce our lines in response to aggressive Russian initiativesbringing the number of Americans stationed on the continent to over 100,000.

According to the Pentagon, Washington will spend $3.8 billion on this deterrence initiative in Europe for fiscal 2022 and an additional $4.2 billion over the next year.

Moscow was quick to let it be known that this was not the case intimidated by President Biden’s announcement downplaying the importance of America’s repositioning.

: ils n’y parviendront pas”,”text”:”Ceux qui proposent de telles décisions ont l’illusion que la Russie pourra être intimidée, en quelque sorte contenue: ils n’y parviendront pas”}}”>Those proposing such decisions are under the illusion that Russia can be intimidated and somehow contained: they will not succeedcommented Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. There will be no results, not the results they expect from this efforthe argued.

The security of the countries where the additional (American) contingents are deployed will not be reinforced. What is happening now will undoubtedly result in countermeasures on our part. »

A quote from Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia

Earlier this week, Mr. Stoltenberg announced that NATO intends to increase the number of member nations’ military personnel from 40,000 to 300,000 high level of preparation.

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