US to move troops from Germany closer to Russian borders to prepare for the worst

Posted by on Oct 20, 2020, Under: News

The United States is considering options to move part of its troops from Germany to Bulgaria, Romania and the Baltic states as part of the announced redeployment of American forces in Europe, Pentagon officials said.

An American military official commented on the statement of the head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, about the possible relocation of the Second Armored Regiment of the US Ground Forces from Germany to another European country closer to Russia on a permanent basis.

The US intends to deploy its forces on NATO’s eastern flank on a permanent, rotational basis to implement Esper’s guidelines, the US official said.

“An agreement to expand defense cooperation with Poland, recent bilateral interaction with the defense ministers of Romania and Bulgaria, and consultations with our allies in the Baltic have given us the opportunity to deploy our forces in these countries,” the official said.

Meanwhile, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said the US and its allies must “compete aggressively” with Russia and China in all parts of the world.

“We see how Russia and China operate in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, the Arctic and Antarctica. We must compete, we must compete aggressively. We are all together, ”Esper said.

At the same time, he pointed out that if containment of Russia does not work, then the United States and its allies “must be prepared for the worst.”

The head of the Pentagon also noted that no one expected that after the collapse of the USSR they would have to deal with a revanchist Russia.