With the situation becoming direr, the Pentagon plans to depend Eastern European allies with American troops, tanks, and other armored vehicles in hopes of deterring Russian aggression. This is allegedly a part of a proposal that was announced last year to increase US military deterrence in that region.
“We will also be demonstrating and exercising our ability to rapidly deploy equipment and forces to Europe by sending our U.S. based rotating forces with their own equipment. This will be the most modernized equipment the Army has to offer, and will, over the next year, replace the less modern training equipment we put in Europe over the last few years… This means we will have the most modern and capable equipment in the hands of U.S. armored units who will train continuously in Europe," Pentagon spokeswoman Laura Seal told Fox News.
"This is a big step in enhancing the Army's rotational presence and increasing their combat equipment in Europe,” said Gen. Phil Breedlove. “This Army implementation plan continues to demonstrate our strong and balanced approach to reassuring our NATO Allies and Partners in the wake of an aggressive Russia in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.”
The Obama administration has approved the outline of the plan, and it is set to start in February of next year. Congress has yet to weigh in on the request, though.
This is pretty intense stuff considering Russian officials have weighed in claiming that this plan violates the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding act, which states that NATO wouldn’t produce permanent military forces near the Russian border. There are always loopholes to acts such as these, but are we playing with fire?
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