Over 4,000 US soldiers have been sent to Germany as part of permanent troop rotations to Europe that the Pentagon said are meant to send a clear message to Russia.
“Russia as you know with their incursion into Ukraine, that’s something that has a lot of our allies and partners concerned,” Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters on Monday. “Being able to demonstrate tangibly our commitment to their defense is an important element of our overall collective defense in Europe.”
There are currently 70,000 US soldiers in Europe right now, and further NATO forces are also expected to deploy in coming months.
In May, Russia called a U.S. missile defense site in Romania a security threat. The United States said the US$800 million shield will help defend Europe from attacks.