State Department denied reports of plans to withdraw troops from Eastern Europe

The State Department said that reports of US plans to withdraw troops from Eastern Europe are incorrect. The State Department spokesman noted that reports on the development of options for the withdrawal of troops from the Baltic States and Poland are incorrect. Earlier, NBC said that Washington considers it possible to discuss with Russia the reduction of its contingent

Reports that the US is considering withdrawal options from Eastern Europe, which were previously published in the media, are incorrect, State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Twitter.

“ It is not true that the administration is developing options for the withdrawal of US troops from Eastern Europe preparing for talks with Russia next week '', & mdash; he wrote. Price also added that the State Department reported this to NBC, which was the first to publish the news.

The corresponding publication came out on the evening of January 7, Moscow time. In it, NBC, citing sources, wrote that the United States considers it possible to discuss with Russia a reduction in the number of its troops in the Baltic countries and Poland. The issues of reducing the scale of military exercises conducted by both sides and timely notification of troop movements may also be raised.

At the same time, NBC sources emphasized that any revision of the US military presence in Eastern Europe will be possible only if Moscow takes reciprocal steps.

After the publication of the article, the TV channel added to it the commentary of the White House spokesman for national security Emily Horn, who also denied plans to reduce the military contingent. According to her. the US administration is not discussing with Russia the number of troops stationed in the Baltics and Poland.

Talks on arms control and the situation in Ukraine between Russia and the United States will take place on January 10. Two days later, the first in 2.5 years meeting of the Council Russia & mdash; NATO, and the next day & mdash; negotiations between Russia and the OSCE.

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