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Troops and additional equipment will thus be deployed in Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom, 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 kicked off the annual Transatlantic Alliance Leaders’ Summit, which will be marked by the announced membership of Sweden and Finland in its ranks and the approval of a new concept strategy defining Russia as the main threat organisation.

We are at the rendezvous and we prove that NATO is more necessary than everargued President Biden, justifying the strengthening of the American position by the need to respond to threats from all directions.

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

  • the installation in Poland of aUS Army Corps”,”text”:”permanent headquarters US 5th Corps”}}”>permanent headquarters of the U.S. 5th Army Corpswhich will become a first permanent American presence on the eastern flank NATO;
  • sending two additional squadrons of F-35 fighter jets to the Lakenheath base in western England. Squadrons are usually made up of at least a dozen aircraft;
  • sending two more destroyers to Spain’s naval base at Rota in southern Spain, bringing their total to six;
  • the deployment 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 servicemen in that country from 2,000 to 5,000;
  • of the additional deployments in the Baltic States, which includes, according to the Pentagon, 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 are going to have a “NATO” of Europe. This is exactly what he did not want, but exactly what is needed to guarantee the security of Europe. »

A quote from Joe Biden, President of the United States

President Biden recalled that the United States had already deployed this year000additional troops in Europe to reinforce our lines in response to aggressive Russian initiatives”,”text”:”20,000additional troops in Europe to reinforce our lines in response to aggressive Russian initiatives”}}”>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 more than 100,000.

According to the Pentagon, Washington will spend $3.8 billion as part of its Deterrence Initiative in Europe for fiscal year 2022, and $4.2 billion more next year.

Moscow was quick to let it be known that she was not intimidated by President Biden’s announcement, downplaying the importance of the American repositioning.

: they will not succeed”,”text”:”Those who propose such decisions have the illusion that Russia can be intimidated, somehow contained: they will not succeed”}}”>Those who propose such decisions have the illusion that Russia can be intimidated, somehow contained: they will not succeedcommented Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. There will be no results, not the results they expect from these effortshe argued.

The security of the countries where the additional (American) contingents will be deployed will not be reinforced. What is happening now will undoubtedly lead to response measures on our part. »

A quote from Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia

Mr Stoltenberg has already announced earlier this week that NATO intends to increase the number of military personnel of member countries from 40,000 to 300,000 to a high level of preparation.

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