WW3 threat as tanks and thousands of US troops arrive at Russian border

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Vladimir Putin is concerned about US troops arriving in PolandREUTERS/GETTY

THREAT: Vladimir Putin is concerned about US troops arriving in Poland

have arrived in Poland to face down Russia.

The deployment – codenamed Atlantic Resolve – is the largest US military reinforcement in decades.

Its stated aim is protecting Eastern Europe from Russian invasion.

But Russia has warned it considers the force “a threat” – and has moved in response.

A convoy of US military vehicles arrive in PolandEPA

CONVOY: A convoy of US military vehicles arrive in Poland

“We consider this a threat to us”

Dmitry Peskov

Poland and the Baltic former Soviet Republics requested US and NATO troops after Putin seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

US Army Colonel Christopher Norrie, commander of the 3rd Armoured Brigade Combat Team, said: “The main goal of our mission is deterrence and prevention of threats.”

But Russia said it considers the deployment as aggression along its border.

US troops arrive in PolandEPA

REINFORCEMENTS: US troops arrive at the airport in Poland

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said: “We consider this a threat to us.

“We are talking here about a third country stepping up its military presence in Europe near our borders.”

Polish defence minister Antoni Macierewicz said the NATO deployment puts an end to Russia’s influence in the region.

A convoy of US vehicles arrive in PolandREUTERS

DEPLOYMENT: It is the largest US deployment in Europe for decades

He said: ”Even after 1989 we had to continuously wonder whether the Russians won’t veto this or that action.

“Russia’s veto power in Central Europe, in Poland, has ended once and for all.”

Moscow, however, has already deployed in nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in its European exclave of Kaliningrad in response to the new super army.

The US deployment to NATO’s eastern flank includes more than 80 main battle tanks and hundreds of armoured vehicles.

The military units will rotate through several countries, including Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania.

Colonel Norrie said: ”Their arrival is just one small but meaningful example of how we are quickly building combat power here.”

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