In the wake of the partial withdrawal of soldiers from Germany, the US has confirmed that its troops in Poland will be increased by 1,000 soldiers. The U.S. Department of Defense said the number of U.S. soldiers deployed to Poland via rotations would increase from 4,500 to 5,500. The basis is a new agreement that "cement" the defense partnership between the two countries.
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Friday that the United States would transfer "at least" 1,000 US soldiers to Poland. Two days earlier, the United States announced the withdrawal of almost 12,000 soldiers from Germany. Some of the troops are expected to return to the United States, some to be transferred to other European countries.
With regard to the 1,000 soldiers to Poland, the United States does not speak of permanent deployment, but of rotation. The soldiers are not accompanied by their families. NATO had promised Russia in 1997 that it would refrain from permanently and extensively stationing troops in Eastern Europe.
The US withdrawal of troops from Germany had triggered criticism on both sides of the Atlantic. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper asserts that the reorganization of the armed forces in Europe would strengthen NATO and the deterrence against Russia. US President Donald Trump primarily justifies the partial withdrawal from Germany with what he sees as too little defense spending in Germany.