The President of the United States, Joe Biden, announced this Tuesday before the start of the NATO summit in Madrid that Washington increase its military presence in Europe and has highlighted that the Alliance is now “more necessary than ever”.
In an appearance with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Biden detailed that he will increase his military presence in Spain, Poland, Romania, United Kingdom, Germany and the Baltic countries.
“I announce that the United States will strengthen our defense position in Europe and will respond to threats coming from all directions and in all areas: land, air and sea,” Biden said.
In addition, the US president has assured that at the Madrid summit “history will be made” and that the new strategic concept of the Alliance will be approved.
The US will increase the number of destroyers in Rota
In his statements, Biden recalled that Washington sent an additional 20,000 soldiers to Europe earlier this year, bringing the number of US soldiers in the area to 100,000. “We will continue to strengthen our position“, stressed Biden, who has opted to protect “every inch” of the Alliance.
In Spain, the president of the United States has announced that the number of destroyers at the Rota naval base will increase from four to six.
Washington will also establish Poland a permanent base of the Fifth Army Corps to strengthen its collaboration with NATO and will maintain the additional brigade rotations on European soil with air defense, aviation, armor and special operations forces.
In addition, the United States will send two additional F-35 squadrons to UKas well as more capabilities of air defense to Germany and Italy.
A senior US official has stated that Washington has not communicated with Moscow about these changes in its military posture and has stressed that you are under no obligation to do so.
Biden: “NATO is more necessary now than ever”
The US president has stated that, at a time when Russian President Vladimir Putin “has darkened peace in Europe”, the United States and allies “have been strengthened”. “With this we show that NATO is more necessary and more important than ever“.
In this sense, the Secretary General of NATO has stressed that Putin has failed to “close the doors” of NATO, referring to the upcoming entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO. “He wanted less NATO and he has achieved the opposite,” she asserted.
Stoltenberg has thanked Biden for the US commitment to European security. “This is demonstrated by the announcements of increasing the presence in Europe, it demonstrates the leadership of the United States in NATO,” said the secretary general, who described the summit as “historic” and “transformative”.