An official ceremony has taken place in Poland to welcome 4,000 US troops to the country as part of a NATO deployment.
The arrival of the soldiers is seen as a show of force to Russia, which has slammed the move as a threat to its national security.
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It also comes less than a week before the swearing-in of US President-elect Trump, who has vowed to improve relations with Moscow.
Poland’s Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo, told the ceremony: “It’s a great day when we can welcome American soldiers, representatives of the world’s best, strongest, greatest army onto Polish soil, here in Zagan.”
The US says the troops will take part in exercises in Poland and across Europe.
General Timothy McGuire, Deputy Commander of the US Army in Europe, said: “This outstanding brigade is a highly capable and ready force, with the best equipment, leadership and training of any combat force in the world.”
This is the biggest deployment of US troops in Europe since the Cold War, aimed at reassuring eastern European countries worried about what many see as increasing Russian aggression.
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