Foreign Ministry calls increase of US forces in Poland a threat to security in Europe

Russia sees in the U.S. decision to increase its military presence in Poland a sign of preparation for further large-scale deployments of forces. Moscow will take this into account in its defense planning, the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry reports.

“Assurances that this reinforcement is supposedly insignificant should not be misleading. The headquarters structures that are being established in Poland under the current reinforcement have much greater potential,” the commentary says.

The U.S. and Polish authorities have agreed to deploy an American squadron of reconnaissance drones MQ-9. In addition, Washington plans to increase its current military contingent in Poland by 1,000 soldiers. Now it numbers about 4.5 thousand people. Washington and Warsaw agreed on this measure in order to provide “additional opportunities for protection and deterrence potential” in Poland.

The U.S. also intends to establish an air drop-off point in Poland to ensure the transfer of forces both during exercises and in case of emergency situations.

In April, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said that the government had agreed to increase the number of US troops in Poland. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, these plans of Warsaw undermine the fundamental act of Russia – NATO.