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U.S. rules out the possibility of reducing troops in Poland and Baltic countries

Source : 112 Ukraine

Spokesman denied NBC's assertions that the US-Russian talks could potentially raise the issue of "the number of American troops in Eastern Europe"
18:11, 8 January 2022

Reuters

The United States does not plan to consider the possibility of reducing the number of American troops permanently based in Poland and the Baltic countries. This is reported by DW with reference to the representative of the National Security Council at the White House Emily Horn.

“The administration is not considering troop reductions in Europe, as the title of the article suggests. The administration is not discussing with Russia the number of troops stationed in the Baltic states and Poland. And, contrary to the words of an unnamed official cited in this article, the administration is not compiling a list changes in the balance of power to be discussed in the upcoming negotiations. These three statements are false, "she said.

Her statement came in response to a publication by the national broadcaster NBC, which said the issue could be raised during American talks with Moscow next week. Earlier, the news channel NBC News posted on its website article under the heading "The Biden administration is considering the possibility of offering Russia a reduction in the number of US troops in Eastern Europe."

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In the article, citing sources, in particular, it was argued that the upcoming negotiations between the United States and Moscow "could potentially touch upon issues of the scale of military exercises conducted by both countries, the number of American troops stationed in the Baltic States and Poland, advance notification of the transfer of troops ", as well as the deployment on the territory of the Kaliningrad region of Iskander complexes with missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Russia and the United States are expected to hold talks on Ukraine and arms control in Geneva on January 10.

The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at the level of ambassadors will take place on January 12. This was confirmed on January 4 in the press service of the North Atlantic Alliance.

A meeting in the format of the Russian Federation - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is scheduled for January 13.

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