Pentagon chief Mark Esper links the need to strengthen the US military presence in Eastern Europe with the threat coming from Russia. The official stated during a speech in the Atlantic Council, Interfax reports.
"We want to reduce the military presence only in Germany, not in Europe in general," Esper said.
Esper explained the US' decision to reduce its military presence in Germany by the need to redeploy the US contingent to Eastern Europe. According to him, these are the Baltic countries, Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania.
"We need to redeploy forces because we know the threats related to Russia that our allies face. We need to move our forces east," the official added.
As we reported earlier, according to Minister of National Defense of Poland Mariusz Blaszczak, Poland is preparing to host 1,000 American troops.
According to him, a corresponding agreement with the United States will be signed in the near future.
The plans to increase the US contingent in this country were announced by President Donald Trump during talks with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.