NATO Leaders Urge Military Presence Expansion In Eastern Europe.
In response to the Ukraine conflict, US president Joe Biden is bolstering US military presence in eastern Europe. He intends to relocate German soldiers to Poland and Romania and send more warships to strengthen NATO’s naval presence. Currently, the United States maintains over 100,000 soldiers stationed in Europe, a significant decrease from the early years of the Cold War. The United States drastically decreased its military commitment in Europe to around 60,000 soldiers; This occurred when Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary became members of NATO.
In 2018, the then-president of the United States, Donald Trump, began withdrawing the American military from abroad. In June 2021, however, NATO leaders recognized three challenges to European security — Russia, China, and terrorism — and determined that strategic adjustments were necessary. NATO will significantly expand its rapid response force, a global force designed to respond swiftly to any security threat; This includes plans to increase the number of combat groups (units of around 1,000 troops) deployed in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. There are no indications that Russia will be able or willing to start a new front shortly.