The Kremlin has blasted the biggest deployment of US troops in Europe since the end of the cold war in 1991, branding the arrival of troops and tanks in Poland as a threat to Russia's national security, The Guardian website reports today (January 13, 2017).
The deployment -- intended to counter what NATO portrays as Russian aggression in eastern Europe (like its seizure of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula) -- will see U.S. troops permanently stationed along Russia's western border for the first time.
About 1,000 of a promised 4,000 troops arrived in Poland this week, and a ceremony to welcome them is scheduled for tomorrow (January 14).
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "We perceive it as a threat. These actions threaten our interests, our security..."