The United States may decide within the coming year to station yet another military brigade in Europe as part of the efforts to deter Russia, says Alexander Vershbow, NATO's former deputy secretary general who now works as expert at the US international relations research centre Atlantic Council.
Alexander Vershbow
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

"I am hopeful that sooner or later an additional armored brigade combat team will be assigned to Europe. I think it is more likely that it will be based in Germany but possibly with forward elements pre-positioned in the Baltic states or at least the equipment. But it may take one or two years before this is fully decided and implemented," Vershbow told BNS Lithuania in an interview in Washington D.C.

The Atlantic Council 's expert said the decision to send an additional unit of US troops to Europe could be made before the NATO summit timed for next July, however, the transfer of the brigade could take a few years.

Earlier this year, the United States terminated permanent rotation of troops in Lithuania, however, the US troops will continue coming for military drills. Companies of US troops were rotated in the Baltic states since 2014 in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine.

A brigade of around 4,000 US troops was stationed in Poland earlier in 2017. Another 1,000 troops, mainly Americans, are part of the international NATO battalion operating in Poland. Around 1,000 NATO troops are also stationed in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia each.

It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuanian, US, NATO battalion troops test new firing range in Pabradė

Lithuanian and American troops as well as soldiers from the Lithuania-based international NATO...

NATO jets in Baltic scrambled once to intercept Russian plane

NATO fighter jets, stationed in the Baltic states as part of the NATO air policing mission, were...

US Army deploys tanks, IFVs to Lithuania for training

The US Army's Abrams tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles were on Friday transported to...

Defense Ministry moves to lower upper age limit for conscripts to 23 years (Updated)

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry proposes to lower the upper age limit for draftees for mandatory...

Croatia to rejoin NATO battalion in Lithuania in 2 years

Croatia plans to rejoin NATO 's multinational battalion in Lithuania in two years' time, the...