At a NATO summit in Madrid, President Biden has announced plans to greatly expand the U.S. military presence in Europe, including building a permanent headquarters for the U.S. 5th Army Corps in Poland and deploying more troops to Romania and the Baltic region. Biden said this is a part of a broader NATO expansion.
President Joe Biden: “And together, our allies, we’re going to make sure that NATO is ready to meet threats from all directions across every domain — land, air and the sea.”
This comes as Finland and Sweden move closer to joining NATO after Turkey lifted its opposition to their membership. NATO’s summit is expected to focus on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as the growing power of China. For the first time, NATO has invited the leaders of Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand to attend a NATO summit.