US troops land in Germany on their way to bolster NATO in Eastern Europe

Military personnel from the 82nd Airborne Division and 18th Airborne Corps board a C-17 transport plane for deployment to Eastern Europe, amid escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, US, February 3, 2022. (Reuters photo)

Two hundred US soldiers have landed in Nuremberg in Germany on Tuesday (March 1).

They were welcomed by Bavarian State Minister Markus Söder and US General Joseph Hilbert. The troops will support the eastern flank of NATO after being trained at Grafenwoehr, a Bavarian town with an US military training area.

"We're stronger together here in Europe and the NATO alliance. We're stronger together here with our German host," said US Brigadier General General Joseph E. Hilbert during a speech to the soldiers. The United States had activated thousands of US troops after Russia had invaded Ukraine in late February. Many of them are deployed to countries in Eastern Europe such as Poland or Romania.

"This is a good signal, that today American soldiers have landed here, who will go to Grafenwoehr to train, who will support the eastern flank of NATO long-term. It's an important signal to the partnership, the determination, the strengthening of NATO against the Russian invasion," said Bavarian State Minister Markus Söder.

After Russia's operation in Ukraine, other European countries have become more willing to join NATO, with Finish lawmakers debating a potential NATO membership and Kosovo asking for speedier NATO membership.

(Via Reuters)


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