Some 1,350 American, British and Romanian soldiers left the Rose Barracks military base in Vilseck, Saturday, in order to support NATO’s mission in Poland.

The troops, which were mainly equipped with American Stryker and British Jackal armoured vehicles, are “fully prepared to deter Russian offensive actions”, US Colonel Patrick Ellis said.

US Major General Timothy P. McGuire stated that “As a result of Russia’s aggressive actions and in light of the changing and evolving security environment, at the Warsaw summit in July 2016 NATO members agreed to strengthen our deterrence and defensive posture.”

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