ZAGAN, POLAND - JUNE 18:  A soldier of the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, carries the troubled Heckler and Koch G36 aussault rifle during the NATO Noble Jump military exercises of the VJTF forces on June 18, 2015 in Zagan, Poland. The G36 has been plagued by reports that it become inaccurate when its barrel reaches high temperatures during prolonged firefights. The VJTF, the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, is NATO's response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Troops from Germany, Norway, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Holland were among those taking part today.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

West and Russia jockey for position in eastern Europe as details of Washington and Warsaw deal emerge

Tensions between the West and Russia over eastern Europe escalated on Friday as details emerged of a deal between Washington and Warsaw to permanently deploy US heavy military hardware to Poland by next year.

The American deployment, aimed at assuaging concern over the threat posed by Russia to Polish and regional security, came as EU diplomats attempted to lure Moscow ally Belarus in from the cold by agreeing to drop sanctions against its president, Alexander Lukashenko.

Poland’s defence ministry said the American equipment, which could include tanks, armoured personnel carriers and ammunition, will be stored under an agreement signed earlier this week.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    If Russia is going be capable of conquering the the Middle East , Poland needs more than thanks , nuclear missiles will work .

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Not only isn’t Russia capable of conquering the Middle East, but Putin doesn’t even want to. All he wants is a secure enclave in Syria, preferably ruled by Assad, where he can maintain military bases. Only that and nothing more. That is why he reached a nonaggression arrangement with Israel and spoke favorably of the Kurds.

      • Maurixio Garciasanchez

        Good point but Russia is interested in taking the oil of those 2 countries Syria and Iraq .

        • Norman_In_New_York

          If they try to take Kurdish wells, the Kurds will kick their ass.

  • Frances

    Might be a good idea to deploy in Slovakia as well. They have no reason to love Russia.

    • Brett_McS

      And the Czech Republic.

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  • tom_billesley

    Belarus is having a presidential election today. The 21-year incumbent Alexander Lukashenko will win his fifth consecutive term. He’s made sure of that. Also, he takes his 11-year-old son Kolya to work. Dynastic grooming.

  • John

    So NATO deploys its military hardware along Russian borders in the east, while millions of invaders from the south just walk in and set up camp?

    The people in Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Repulic and even Poland itself are now far more alarmed about the migrant crisis than they are about Putin.

    Hungary’s protective wall, for example, faces south, not east.

    So NATO will save the Czechs, the Hungarians, the Slovaks and the Poles from Putin only to throw them to the Somalis, the Arabs, the Pakistanis and the Blacks? Even Baltic republics like Latvia and Estonia, fiercly and inveterately anti-Russian just two or three years ago, are taking a second look at this.

    I think all the bureaucratic quangos running NATO and the arms manufacturers supplying NATO are sabre-rattling in an a desperate effort to save their asses. The migrant invasions could prove lethal for Europe, but pushing back migrants doesn’t take a lot of firepower

    Donald Tusk, Poland’s president, tore a strip off of Merkel and other european leaders at an EU meeting recently after the latter insisted the former East Block nations accept tens of thousands of unwanted migrants.