NATO to place 4,000 troops in Poland and the region: report
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The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is set to place some 4,000 troops in Poland and the Baltic countries in an attempt to strengthen Europe's Eastern border, the Wall Street Journal says.
The US will most probably supply two battalions, while another two will be provided by Germany and Britain respectively, Western officials quoted by the WSJ said.
Robert Work, the US Deputy Secretary of Defense said that the “buildup was a response to more Russian activity around the Baltics – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – where tensions have been rising”, the daily quoted him as saying.
“The Russians have been doing a lot of snap exercises right up against the borders, with a lot of troops,” Work was reported as saying.
“From our perspective, we could argue this is extraordinarily provocative behaviour.”
In recent weeks, Russian jets performed “aggressive flight manoeuvres” against a US warship cooperating with Polish personnel in the Baltic Sea, American naval officials stated.
“Yet again we are faced with provocative actions that display an aggressive stance towards the entire North Atlantic Alliance,” commented Polish deputy Defence Minister Bartłomiej Misiewicz. “Watching such actions passively is only a reward for the aggressor,” he said. (rg/di)