Berlin and London Send Extra Soldiers to Eastern Europe
Germany and the United Kingdom will each send 350 additional troops to Eastern Europe to deter possible Russian aggression. The Germans are strengthening their presence in Lithuania, and the British are strengthening their presence in Poland.
Since 2017, NATO has placed so-called multinational battlegroups in Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia to Russia’s “aggressive” crackdown. Germany currently leads the operation in Lithuania with about 500 men. There are also about 270 Dutch soldiers.
The United Kingdom leads NATO forces in Estonia but had previously sent 100 troops to Poland to assist that country in the migrant crisis on the border with Belarus. Instead, 350 men will be added as a strong signal of solidarity with Poland, Defense Minister Ben Wallace said.
The Americans are sending reinforcements to Poland and Romania because of Russian military activity along the Ukrainian border, and it was previously announced. It concerns a total of three thousand men, one thousand of whom were stationed in Germany. If necessary, an additional 8,500 are on standby in the US to act quickly.