The United States will increase its military presence in Eastern Europe in response to “aggressive Russia,” the Pentagon said.
From 2017, three fully staffed US combat brigades will be deployed.
In February, the Pentagon announced plans to quadruple its European defense budget in 2017.
The additional presence will increase the United States’ ability to conduct military exercises in the region.
The plan demonstrates “our strong and balanced approach to reassuring our NATO allies and partners after aggressive Russia in Eastern Europe and elsewhere,” said General Philip Breedlove, the US senior commander in Europe.
“Our allies and partners will see more opportunities. They will see a more frequent presence of an armored brigade with more modernized equipment in their countries. “ General Philip Breedlove was added.
Each brigade will rotate through the region for nine months before being replaced.
There are about 4,500 soldiers in the brigade, carrying military vehicles and other equipment.
“There will be things for the division to fight if something happens,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work told Wall Street Journal.
Relations between Russia and the West have plummeted since Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in March 2014.
The intervention has raised fears that Russia is considering other incursions into neighboring countries.
Russia has accused NATO of using the situation in Ukraine as an excuse to move closer to Russia’s borders.
“There are rumors that Russia will send its tanks to the Baltic states, to Sofia or to Budapest. Nobody intends to do that. “ Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told German public television Deutsche Welle.
Some analysts have suggested that the US military may be planning an era after Obama.