15 June 2015
The US is planning to store heavy military weapons in the Baltic countries and Eastern Europe to reassure allies, which worries the Russian intervention in Ukraine, and to prevent further aggressive moves, said yesterday, a senior US official, according to a report of New York Times. The American newspaper notes that the Pentagon is preparing to store tanks, armored infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons to a force of 5,000 soldiers.
At the same time, says the telegram of ANA-MPA, the Polish defense ministry confirmed today that Warsaw was in talks with Washington to install US military warehouse on Polish territory.
The Polish ministry also said on Twitter that Defence Minister Thomas Siemoniak received assurances during a visit carried out in May in Washington, that the decision to install the warehouse will be taken soon. “It is another step to increase US presence in Poland and the region,” the ministry added in his message.
According to the report, if the proposal is approved, it will be the first time since the Cold War that Washington will develop heavy military weapons in the new NATO member states in Eastern Europe that were formerly in the Soviet sphere of influence.
The proposal, which seeks to reassure European allies after the annexation by Russia of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in March 2014, expected to be approved by the US Defence Secretary let Carter and the White House before the meeting of Defence Ministers NATO will take place this month in Brussels, the newspaper reported, citing senior officials.
Asked about the report, Pentagon spokesman said no decision has been taken on the reinforcement.
“During the last few years, the US armed forces have increased pre-material for training and exercises to our allies and partners in NATO,” Colonel Steve Warren said.
“The US armed forces continue to consider what is the best location to store this material in consultation with our allies,” he said. “Right now we have not received a decision on whether and when to carry this material.”