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Poland welcomes United States troops amid Russian Federation fears

Poland welcomes United States troops amid Russian Federation fears

The arrival of the 3,500 soldiers is part of a deployment to NATO's eastern flank aimed at deterring aggression from Moscow.

Russia has criticized the continuous deployments as a threat to Russian security.

The government organized several other events across the country to welcome the Americans from Fort Carson, Colorado.

"The presence of American soldiers in Poland is another step in our strategy to ensure safety and security for Poland and the region", Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told the troops in Zagan, a Polish town on the German border.

"This is America's most capable fighting force: a combat-ready, highly trained U.S. armoured brigade, with our most advanced equipment and weaponry", United States ambassador to Poland Paul Jones said at the ceremonies, also attended by hundreds of Zagan residents.

The move is also meant to be a show of force to Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation, especially giving the country's suspected interference in America's presidential election.

Russian officials this week criticized the increased military presence of its neighbor.

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"We see it as a threat to us".

The deployment was ordered by the outgoing Obama administration and comes a week before Donald Trump's inauguration.

But Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski warned in an interview Friday with Poland's RMF radio that any warming of the US-Russia relationship should not come at his country's expense.

Poland on Friday told Trump that any improvement in Washington's ties with Moscow can not come at the cost of harming Warsaw. The troops will be rotated every nine months through Poland, the Baltic countries, Bulgaria and Romania in order to provide a technical workaround to a promise made to Moscow after the fall of the Soviet Union that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would not permanently base large numbers of forces east of Germany. These actions threaten our interests, our security. The deployment includes about 4,000 troops and also 2,400 pieces of military equipment, including tanks and Humvees.

This influx of USA troops into the region is the largest US deployment in the area in decades.

The deployment is a reaction to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.


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