By Tom Vanden Brook & Rebecca Morin
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon will deploy 3,000 troops to Germany, Poland and Romania as tensions rise with Russia over Ukraine, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Wednesday.
The troops are not among the 8,500 placed on heightened alert last week to support a NATO quick-reaction force if it is activated, Kirby said. More troops have been placed on alert, Kirby said, declining to indicate how many.
The 3,000 will bolster allied forces in Germany, Poland and Romania. They’ll come from units in the USA and Europe.