As Russia continues to beef up its vital military installations and presence in Eastern Europe, NATO has scrambled and deployed four military battalions in Poland and parts of the Baltic States.
This move was announced Monday by no less than NATO’s chief, saying the deployment of multinational military augmentation aims to counter Russia’s presence in the region. The U.S-European alliance and Russia have been in a standoff over the past months on security and political issues in Northern Europe with Russia opposing NATO’s intervention in the regional conflict.
According to a report from the ABC News, Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General of NATO ordered the deployment of troups to augment military support in NATO-member states in the Baltic, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. These countries, Stoltenberg said, would receive military reinforcement from NATO to counter possible threats from Russia.
“This will send a clear signal that NATO stands ready to defend any ally,” Stoltenberg said.
The conflict between Russia and several NATO-member states stemmed from Russia’s annexation of the Crimea Peninsula from its neighboring country, Ukraine in 2014. Since then, several countries that share border with Russia has been requesting NATO for permanent military support against Russia.
But before NATO even announced its plan to send 40,000 troops in Poland and the Baltic States, Russia also bared its plan to send 30,000 men in the same region to counter NATO’s dominance in Eastern Europe, as previously reported by the Morning News USA.
Alexander Grushko, Russia’s Permanent Representative to NATO said the plan of deploying three battalions was aimed at neutralizing NATO’s eastward expansion in Europe. He, however, said Russia is not keen in arms race with any country or NATO for that matter. He said earlier that the deployment of the three battalions is only to counter possible threat from the NATO forces and in protecting the country’s interests.