Polish President Andrzej Duda today (January 30, 2017) hailed the "historic" presence of U.S. soldiers on his country's soil, saying it would reinforce Poland's security within NATO, according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.
The U.S. armored brigade of some 3,500 troops -- as well as many tanks and heavy equipment -- arrived in Poland this month.
"This moment is historic, because it changes the model in our part of Europe," Duda said at the launch of a joint exercise of Polish and American troops in Zagan, a town near the German border.
Poland had asked the U.S. for military assistance due to its belief that Russia wants to seize its land. Since Russia seized control of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in 2014, several countries in eastern Europe believe that Russia is planning to take over more foreign land.