Hundreds of US tanks, trucks and other military equipment has arrived at the northern Germany port of Bremerhaven.
It’s marks a stop off before they move to Poland, the Baltics and Romania, as NATO seeks to reassure its eastern European members, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Major General Tim McGuire, Europe Deputy Commander, US Army commented to reporters that the deployment was part of Atlantic Resolve, which has been running for several years, and added that it should “serve to reassure our eastern European allies of the continued commitment of the United States of America…It’s just another sign of the United States’ and NATO’s commitment to deterrence, and maintaining the peace here in Europe.”
NATO countries say the planned military exercises are purely defensive. But Moscow has strongly condemned what it deems a Western buildup on European soil.
The members of NATO say the military presence is modest compared to the 330,000 troops it believes the Kremlin has set up along Russia’s western flank.