- Russia Reserves Its Right to Retaliate In Case of US Forces Deployment in Poland- Lawmaker
Russia Reserves Its Right To Retaliate In Case Of US Forces Deployment In Poland- Lawmaker
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Sat 17th August 2019 | 01:52 PM
Russia reserves its right to retaliate in case of deployment of US armed forces in Poland, a member of the Russian parliament's upper house committee on defense and security, Frants Klintsevich, told Sputnik on Saturday
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 17th August, 2019) Russia reserves its right to retaliate in case of deployment of US armed forces in Poland, a member of the Russian parliament's upper house committee on defense and security, Frants Klintsevich, told Sputnik on Saturday.
According to the lawmaker, the implementation of the proposals of the Polish Foreign Minister will increase military tension in Europe, especially in the context of the recent US withdrawal from the INF Treaty.
"As for Russia, we are ready for any development of events, [we reserve] our right for retaliatory measures," Klintsevich said.
Earlier in August, US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said that the United States was considering relocating some of its troops stationed in Germany to Poland since Berlin was not meeting its defense spending commitments within NATO.
Germany currently spends only about 1 percent of its GDP on defense.
US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher reiterated the United States' concern that Germany was failing to meet its NATO obligations, saying that Poland met the 2 percent spending goal and that Washington would happily make the troop transfer.
US President Donald Trump said in June that Washington and Warsaw in talks to increase the number of US troops in Poland by 2,000. These troops would not be deployed from the United States but rather transferred from Germany, as the latter had not increased its defense spending to 2 percent of its GDP.