The increasingly hostile U.S. military build-up in Poland has led to Russia’s declaration of a state of emergency calling the build-up a threat to national security. The Russians have expressed their concerns on the 2,700 troops that are arriving on Russian border as part of operation Atlantic Resolve which is secretly intended to invite a war between Russia and the West.
A report issued by Yahoo News points out that the Kremlin, which has previously criticized NATO for its reinforcement in Eastern Europe, made it clear that the deployment was an aggressive step along its borders, which is a threat to national security.
“We consider this a threat to us,” Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin’s spokesman, told journalists on a conference call. “We are talking here about a third country stepping up its military presence in Europe near our borders.”
The Polish government has prioritized the modernization of the army, the Polish administration is run by the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, which built its popularity partly by pledgeing that it was going to greatly boosts the security of the country.
In a statement made on the state TVP Info news channel, Antoni Macierewicz, who is the Polish Defense Minister pointed out on Thursday saying that the NATO deployment will eliminate Russia’s influence in the region.
“Even after 1989 we had to continuously wonder whether the Russians won’t veto this or that action,” said Macierewicz, who has been seeking better ties and contracts with the U.S. military.
“Russia’s veto power in Central Europe, in Poland, has ended once and for all.”
The Russians have already deployed in retaliation nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in its European exclave of Kaliningrad. The U.S. State Department emphasized that the Kremlin was destabilizing European security.
The U.S. has deployed more than 80 main battle tanks and hundreds of armored vehicles. The military unit will rotate through several nations, this include Estonia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania and Latvia.
“Their arrival is just one small but meaningful example of how we are quickly building combat power here,” Norrie said.