The tension between Russia and NATO has been ongoing for quite some time, and things seem about to explode. According to reports, NATO is planning to deploy more troops to Poland to pacify Russia, but Moscow is not backing down as it has sent bombers flying south. Is World War 3 about to commence?
Gen. Ben Hodges, Commander of the United States Army Europe, confirmed that NATO will be deploying a a heavy armored brigade to Poland in February along with a combat aviation brigade in spring 2017. The general also further detailed NATO’s plans to boost its presence across Eastern Europe as it had planned during the Warsaw summit.
NATO Deploys Troops to Poland
“This brigade will arrive from Fort Carson, Colorado to the port of Bremerhaven, Germany, in the middle of January. Then it will move quickly, as part of an exercise, into western Poland. By the middle of February, the whole brigade will be there, going through what we call RSOI – reception, staging, onward movement and integration,” Sputnik quoted Gen. Hodges in an interview with Radio Poland.
“Once they’ve completed the process the brigade will begin a nine month rotation. Part of it will be in the Baltic countries, part of it will be in Romania and Bulgaria, but the bulk of it will remain in Poland,” added the official.
Russia Sends Fighter Jets
The general explained that the brigade will be sent to Poland and stationed there because of its strategic location. It is the ideal spot to “move north and move south.”
The stationing of the troops may just be in time as tensions over the region continue to rise. Recently, fighter jets from four European countries intercepted two Russian Blackjack bombers. According to BBC, Norway, the UK, France and Spain all sent jets as the TU-160 planes passed by the airspace of each nation. Correspondents also confirmed that the number of Russian bombers intercepted by NATO has been increasing.