Soldiers of NATO countries during the exercise, 2015
The United States sent to Poland and the Baltic countries, only one battalion instead of the previously planned two to “deter Russian aggression” in the framework of NATO, told The Wall Street Journal, citing informed sources in the United States and NATO.
Originally, as the newspaper writes that the American side will provide two battalions — about 2 thousand soldiers, while Germany and Britain — another one. However, after a meeting of NATO foreign Ministers in Brussels at the end of last week, the interlocutors of the newspaper said that the us side will be sent only one battalion and the fourth battalion to be deployed by European countries.
The reluctance of the US to send more troops to Europe due to dissatisfaction with the policy of the European countries that do not want to spend more on own defense, emphasizes the WSJ. In particular, with such criticism as was made by current President Barack Obama, who called European countries “stowaways” on the issue of defense spending, and a likely candidate in American leaders Donald trump, who stated that “many countries [of Europe] are not paying their fair share”.
Now, the newspaper notes in another article, the question is who will “fill the void”. “There is a problem. At the moment, wanting in Europe, there is,” writes the WSJ.
According to sources of the newspaper, the us “is trying to push Norway and Denmark to unite and form a combined battalion, which will be sent to Estonia or another state”. However, both of these countries to shy away from this, Recalling in particular, the lack of the necessary number of soldiers.
That to Poland and the Baltic countries will be sent four battalions — about 4 thousand people, — it became known in April. In an interview with the WSJ the transfer of additional forces, Deputy head of the Ministry of defence of the USA Robert Wark explained numerous military exercises with the participation of a large number of soldiers that Russia spends on its borders. He noted that NATO is regarded as “extremely provocative behavior”.
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