Poland receives equipment from the American army in order to reinforce the eastern flank against Russia


WARSAW, Feb. 4 – US military equipment has started arriving in Poland, the Polish Defense Ministry said on Friday, to bolster NATO’s eastern flank as the West and Russia vie for Russian military presence near from the Ukrainian border.

President Joe Biden’s administration on Wednesday announced the deployment of nearly 3,000 U.S. troops to Eastern Europe in the coming days amid a standoff with Russia over Ukraine.

About 1,700 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg are expected to come to Poland, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak and the Pentagon announced on Wednesday, but only on a temporary basis.

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In addition, around 300 soldiers will be based in Germany, where a joint headquarters should be set up.

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on Thursday evening that an “advanced group” had already arrived in Poland.

“This is a clear signal of allied solidarity,” he wrote on Twitter, posting photos of soldiers unloading supplies from a single C-130 Hercules transport plane.

The private television channel TVN24 showed the unloading of two American planes at Rzeszow-Jesionka airport in southern Poland on Friday. The broadcaster reported that so far six US planes have landed.

It is not yet known when the American soldiers will arrive and where they will be based. The Polish Defense Ministry‘s operations center referred Reuters to the US military, which did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for additional information.

The U.S. military already has about 4,500 troops in Poland as part of NATO and bilateral capability, mostly stationed in the west of the country on a rotational basis.

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Reporting by Alicja Ptak; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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