The United States 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division (2/3 ABCT) will remain in Poland, to reinforce security, a letter by its commander said. The pretext for the move is supposed COVID-19-related issues.
The letter, in its entirety can be seen below.
The 2/3 ABCT was deployed to Europe to take part in Europe Defender 2020, but it will remain there for the foreseeable future.
The entire brigade will remain in Europe due to the spreading of COVID-19, as well as Poland closing its borders, it will reinforce Operation Atlantic Resolve.
As part of this operation, there is already one armored brigade in the republic and it is not going to go home in the summer. Therefore, this Pentagon decision doubles the number of American armored units at the borders of Russia.
Washington justifies the increase in the size of the group by closing the state borders of Poland. These restrictions in Europe do not apply to the military transfer of the United States and NATO countries. In particular, in Estonia, the change of the battalion tactical group of the alliance is taking place according to previously approved plans.
And, indeed, despite the coronavirus pandemic and the closure of the state borders of the Baltic countries, a change in the British contingent from the NATO tactical battalion took place in Estonia.
When the governments of the three Baltic republics issued decrees on the closure of borders, only Latvia and Lithuania officially indicated that the NATO soldiers are immune to this decision. Estonia preferred to remain silent.
And it appears that the only support Europe will receive in countering the spread of COVID-19 is more military deployments to Europe by the US, which are not bringing any medical supplies, but rather equipment to further militarize the region.
On March 19th, one of the NATO agencies (NSPA) reported that the leadership of the alliance involved the SALIS strategic international transport program to help member countries.
On March 21st, 70 tons of medical equipment were delivered from China to the Czech Republic under the program. On March 23rd, Slovakia received assistance from China under the same NATO program.
On March 23rd and 24th, the Russian Ministry of Defense sent 14 IL-76 with medical and nursing teams, modern medical equipment, and the best military virologists to Italy.
This all takes place while there is a joint operational group for radiation, biological and chemical threats made by NATO.
When the COVID-19 crisis passes, the Washington-aligned media will have to undertake a massive campaign to discredit the efforts by Russia and China, while the “true ally” – Washington, stood idly and did close to nothing to support Europe.
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