Biden: The United States strengthens European military presence

US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the US is strengthening its military presence in Europe, including the deployment of additional sea fighters in Spain and the positioning of more troops elsewhere.

Biden, in for a summit with 30 countries, said that the United States would establish a permanent headquarters for the US 5th Army Corps in Poland, add a rotating brigade of 3,000 soldiers and 2,000 other personnel who will have their headquarters in Romania, and send two more F-35 fighter jets to the UK.

“Today, I announce that the United States will improve our strength in Europe to respond to the changing security environment, as well as strengthen our collective security,” Biden said.

NATO leaders gather for a summit that will include discussions on support for and how the Western military alliance – formed after World War II – will adapt to meet current and future challenges.

“Earlier this year, we increased another 20,000 US forces to Europe to strengthen our lines in response to ’s aggressive moves, bringing our total force in Europe to 100,000. [to] continue to adjust our stance based on the threat in close consultation with our allies, Biden said.

The leaders are expected to agree at the summit to increase support for Ukraine as the country defends itself from a Russian invasion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks at the summit via video.

Biden said that at a time when Russian President “has crushed peace in Europe and attacked the very principle of rule-based order”, the United States and its allies are proving that NATO is needed more now than ever. and it is as important as it has ever been. ‘

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters that the gathering would be a “historic and transformative summit for our alliance”, adding that it comes amid “the most serious security crisis we have faced since World War II.”

Workers paste posters announcing the NATO summit outside the Madrid Fair in Madrid on 27 June 2022. Workers paste posters announcing the NATO summit outside the Madrid Fair in Madrid on 27 June 2022.

Russia’s attack also affects NATO’s own long-term plans, with a new strategic concept that includes what the alliance has called its “changing security environment.”

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the strategic concept, last updated in 2010, will mention for the first time, ‘and quite frankly the deepened strategic partnership we see developing between Russia and China and how it affects our allies. ‘

“I do not come before the exact language, but obviously our allies have also been concerned about this growing, burgeoning relationship between Russia and China,” Kirby said. “They have had growing concerns about China’s unfair trade practices, the use of forced labor, the theft of rights and their bullying and coercive activities, not only in the Indo – Pacific region but around the world.”

In the short term, NATO is strengthening its preparedness to respond to external threats, including increasing the number of troops under direct NATO command and positioning more heavy weapons and logistical resources.

Celeste Wallander, US Deputy Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, told reporters that the US’s new deployments to Europe are significant “precisely because of the changing security environment and the recognition that the US needs a long-term ability to maintain our presence, our training , our activities and our support for the countries on the eastern flank, both bilaterally and through NATO battle groups. ‘

When NATO invites Sweden and to join the alliance, the summit will also include talks on strengthening partnerships with non-NATO countries. Leaders from Australia, Japan, and New Zealand will attend the summit.

“President Putin has failed to close NATO’s door,” Stoltenberg said. “He gets the opposite of what he wants. He wants less NATO. President Putin gets more NATO by joining Sweden and Finland in our alliance.”

Other areas of discussion are terrorism, cyber attacks and .

VOA’s Chris Hannas contributed to this story.


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