The Russian foreign Ministry commented on the deployment of American troops in Europe

Alexei Meshkov

The deployment of American forces in Europe destabilizie the situation in the region. This was stated by Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Alexei Meshkov, reports “Interfax” on Thursday, January 12.

“Attempts to hide behind the so-called rotation principle is not that other, as a large-scale military training of NATO countries on the Eastern borders of the Alliance, and simply put, in the immediate vicinity to our borders”, — said the diplomat.

On 8 January it was reported that in Poland, arrived the first group of soldiers of the armored brigade of the United States. 250 soldiers were deployed as part of operation Atlantic Resolve to strengthen the Eastern flank of NATO. The deployment of an armoured brigade of the USA in Poland should be completed before the end of the month.

Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that they consider the approach of the troops of the North Atlantic Alliance to the borders of the country as a security threat.

9 December 2016, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov has reminded European countries of their promise not to expand NATO to the East. “I told my colleagues the documents that have been declassified, when Mikhail Gorbachev spoke to Helmut Kohl(…) They clearly said that no NATO expansion to the East will not be the military infrastructure of NATO would not approach the borders of our country,” he said.