What Happened: Vladimir Dzhabarov, the deputy chairman of the Russian upper house's foreign affairs committee, said Moscow will deploy additional military assets to its western border in response to the recent announcement of additional U.S. troop deployments to Poland, Sputnik International reported June 17.
Why It Matters: The announcement highlights Russia's intent to continue its military buildup along the boundary, which has been growing since 2014. Prospects of a permanent U.S. military base in Poland had fueled concerns of prompting a fixed Russian foothold in neighboring Belarus. However, the limited increase of U.S. troops in the country has yet to warrant such a reaction.
Background: On June 12, U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans to deploy 1,000 more troops to Poland, as well as a squadron of MQ-9 Reaper drones, during a visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda to the White House. The additional troops do not achieve the full extent of Warsaw's push for a permanent U.S. military presence, though it does bring reality closer to that point.
- In Poland, a Fixed U.S. Presence Will Warrant a Russian Response (June 7, 2019)
- Poland: Warsaw's Push for a U.S. Base Faces an Uphill Climb (Sept. 19, 2019)