US troops arrive in Romania amid tensions over Ukraine

The first batch of US troops has arrived in Romania to bolster NATO’s eastern frontier amid fears of Russian aggression in Ukraine. The country’s defense minister said on Tuesday.

US President Joe Biden announced last week that he would send 1,000 troops to Romania and 2,000 to Poland due to the deployment of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border.

Romanian Defense Minister Vasile Dansu told reporters that “more than 100 U.S. troops and experts have arrived to prepare for the deployment.” The remaining troops will arrive quickly.

According to the Pentagon, the striker squadron to be transferred to Romania is coming from Vilcek, Germany. The first batch of US troops arrived in Poland over the weekend.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he will send hundreds of troops to Romania under NATO.

French experts have already arrived in Romania, French Defense Minister Florence Parley said in Bucharest last week.

About 900 US troops and 140 Italian and 250 Polish troops have been deployed in NATO member Romania since 2004.