The United States sends new troops to Europe — RT Mundo

The United States will send more than 10,000 troops to Europe, expected to replace forces deployed to the region following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, many positioned across the “eastern flank” of the NATO military bloc.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed the deployment during a press conference on Friday, noting that the “the security environment has now changed” in the region due to the conflict in Ukraine.

“The deployments are one-for-one unit replacements, which will leave our overall strength position in the region, approximately 100,000, unchanged.” Kirby told reporters. “The replaced units will return to their home station after an appropriate rotation of responsibilities.”

The troop rotation is expected to continue throughout the summer, the spokesman continued. However, he added that the military could soon “Take a look at the permanent footprint in Europe and make an assessment” on whether it should remain at its current levels, although a decision has not yet been made.

Before Moscow sent troops to Ukraine in late February, US forces in Europe numbered around 80,000, some stationed there permanently in bases while others rotated on training deployments with NATO partners.

As some members of the alliance, such as the Baltic state of Lithuania, have pushed for a larger and more sustained US troop presence in recent months, US officials have proposed ways to meet those requests, including by building new bases.

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“My advice would be to create permanent bases, but not to permanently park [US troops],” Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers last month. He argued that, in effect, it would mean long-term deployments, such as “rotational forces” could tour “permanent bases”.

“And I think many of our European allies … are very, very willing to establish permanent bases.” Milley added. “They will build them, they will pay for them.”

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