The US plans to deploy around 1,000 soldiers to Poland as part of an effort to step up NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe, President Barack Obama says.

 

“I can announce that the US will be the lead nation for the NATO presence here in Poland,” he says after meeting Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, ahead of a summit of the military alliance’s leaders.

 

“That means the US will deploy a battalion, roughly 1,000 American soldiers, here in Poland on a rotational basis to serve shoulder to shoulder with Polish soldiers,” he adds.

 

The US also plans to headquarter in Poland one of its armored brigades, which is rotating through Europe, Obama says.