'We waited for decades': Polish govt welcomes United States troops
- Author: Jon Douglas Jan 16, 2017,
Jan 16, 2017, 0:16
The move also marks a new historic moment - the first time any Western forces are being deployed on a continuous basis to NATO's eastern flank.
"This is an important day for Poland, for Europe, for our common defense", Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told the USA soldiers.
"America will always stand with Poland to defend freedom", USA ambassador Paul W. Jones said Saturday.
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stood before USA and Polish soldiers and called it "an important day for Poland, for Europe, for our common defense".
Only days before his presidency ends, President Barack Obama sent over 3,000 US troops into Poland but many wonder if incoming President Donald J. Trump will continue the presence as he prepares to take over the role of commander-in-chief.
The move is also meant to be a show of force to Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation, especially giving the country's suspected interference in America's presidential election. "People are very excited to see us". This is an action that threatens our interests, our security; moreover, this is a third nation (apart from Russian Federation and Poland) that is increasing its military presence near our borders in Europe, and it's not even a European nation.
The troops are due to fan out across seven countries from Estonia to Bulgaria for exercises. During the campaign Trump was dismissive of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation though in recent weeks has seemed to insist that the USA commitment North Atlantic Treaty Organisation won't change under his presidency.
Poland on Friday told Trump that any improvement in Washington's ties with Moscow can not come at the cost of harming Warsaw.
"We're here to deter any aggression that would threaten peace and security in this region", said Col. Christopher R. Norrie, commander of the 3rd Armored Combat Brigade Team, 4th Infantry Division, in a statement.
CNN reports there are also 2,400 pieces of military equipment including tanks sent over.
Russian Federation has been highly critical of the troop deployment, which comes in reactions to Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and its backing of separatists in the country's east.