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Pentagon reportedly ready to deploy US heavy weapons in Baltic, Eastern Europe to combat Russia


NYT: This will the first time since the Cold War the US has deployed such military equipment in the region

The Pentagon prepares to store tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, to deter any further Russian aggression in the region, Reuters, quoting the the New York Times, reported on Saturday.

Citing US and allied officials, the newspaper said that if approved the proposal would mark the first time since the Cold War that Washington has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member states in Eastern Europe that were once under Soviet influence.

The proposal, which seeks to reassure European allies in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in March 2014, is expected to be approved by US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the White House before a NATO defense ministers’ meeting in Brussels this month, the paper said, quoting senior officials.

A Pentagon spokesman said no decision had been made about the equipment.


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