The United States will send more than 10,000 troops to Europe, who are expected to replace forces deployed to the region after Russia’s attack on Ukraine, many along the way. “Eastern Ribs” of the NATO military bloc.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed the deployment during Friday’s press conference, noting that “The security environment has now changed” in the region due to the conflict in Ukraine.
“The deployment is a one-for-one unit replacement, which will leave our overall force posture in the region – around 100,000 – unchanged,” he said. Kirby told reporters. “Replaced units will return to their master station upon completion of the appropriate responsibilities.”
The spokesman went on to add: “However, he added that the army could soon “Look at the long-term footprint in Europe and make an assessment” on whether it should remain at current levels, although no decision has been made yet.
Before Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, the number of American forces in Europe amounted to about 80,000, some permanently stationed at bases, while others rotated training deployments with partners. NATO.
As some members of the alliance, such as Lithuania of the Baltic state, have pressed for a larger and more sustainable US military presence in recent months, US officials have suggested ways to respond. meet those requirements, including the construction of new bases.
“My advice is to create permanent bases, but don’t make permanent bases [US troops]” General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers last month. He argues that will in practice mean long-term deployment, like “Rotation force” able to go through “Permanent base.”
“And I believe a lot of our European allies… they are very, very willing to establish permanent bases,” Milley added. “They’ll build them, they’ll pay for them.”