The center of gravity of NATO forces has shifted towards Eastern Europe
US General Christopher Cavoli, named NATO Supreme Commander-in-Chief, told a Senate hearing that Sweden and Finland's bid to join NATO would not require more ground forces. American in any of these countries.
But the general said Thursday that military exercises and rotations of U.S. troops are likely to increase.
Mr Cavoli, who currently serves as commander of US troops for Europe and Africa, said the increased military focus would probably continue in Eastern Europe, where concerns are greatest for a possible Russian aggression, or for the spread of the war that is currently taking place in Ukraine.
During a hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mr. Cavoli said that "the center of gravity of NATO forces has shifted eastward." He added that "depending on the outcome of the conflict, this trend may continue for some time."
The general was also asked about the presence of American troops in Europe, which has increased, from 80,000 to about 102,000 troops, since the gathering of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine and the ensuing attack.
He said the increase had nothing to do with the latest moves by Finland and Sweden to join NATO.