We continue to be committed to transparency,he noted.
Earlier, the representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation Igor Konashenkov said that the 2-I armored brigade of the United States arrived in Poland and deployed along with armored vehicles, while there remained a technique 3 of the American brigade.
As part of Operation Atlantic Resolve (UAR), the United States rotates armored brigades every nine months,Michael said, calling it "a demonstration of US commitment to collective security ... in the light of Russia's aggressive actions in the region."
According to him, the rotation is carried out "in full compliance with all treaties and international obligations, including the fundamental Russia-NATO act." He also said that the number of “American heavy ground-based military equipment stationed in Europe remains far below the established norms under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty)”.
Michael also noted that "the armored brigade leaving the position arrived in January and is currently at the stage of withdrawal from the deployment sites." Its population is about 3,5 thousand people.
According to him, "the advancing team is in the process of arriving at the position." We are talking about 3.3 thousand troops and 1,6 thousand pieces of equipment, including 85 tanks.
These personnel and equipment replace the outgoing unit, rather than being added to it,stressed the representative of the Pentagon.