The U.S. Army will send battle tanks to the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania along Russia’s borders ahead of an upcoming NATO operation (UPI). In early January, then-President Obama sent 3,000 U.S soldiers into Poland to reassure NATO allies concerned about a more territorially aggressive Russia (BBC). More than 80 tanks and hundreds of armored vehicles arrived in Germany in January, moving into Eastern Europe by road and rail (BBC). The tanks participated in drills between U.S. and Polish forces, but now some will be moved to the Baltic States to await a military exercise (UPI).
The Russian government branded the arrival of U.S. troops and tanks in the Baltics as a threat to Russia’s national security (Guardian). NATO officials insist that the U.S. troops deployed to Eastern Europe are not permanent, which would be in breach of an earlier agreement with Russia. The U.S. troops will rotate every nine months, lending to the NATO argument that they are not permanent and thus do not breach the agreement (Guardian). In addition to the U.S. tanks, German troops are also arriving in Lithuania, and British troops are reinforcing positions in Estonia (UPI).
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