US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work said Friday that NATO will place four battalions, each with 4,000 troops, on the borders of Poland and the Baltic states with Russia. The placement of forces is a response to Russia’s constant maneuvers and other military operations on its borders with Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Work added. Two battalions will be sent by the US while Britain and Germany will each send one.
DEBKAfile: The deployment will mark the first time in 75 years, since Germany’s invasion of Russia during World War II, for German forces to be placed on Russia’s eastern border. American and British forces have never been placed so close to the Russian frontier. There is no doubt that the step will increase tensions between the US and Russia, and result in military responses by Moscow.
Full article: NATO to put 16,000 troops on borders of Poland, Baltic states with Russia (DEBKAfile)