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The exercises come just weeks after the United States inaugurated the first of two controversial missile-defense installations in Eastern Europe.
Next year, the Pentagon plans to quadruple military spending in Europe to $3.4 billion and begin rotating an armored brigade through Eastern Europe — in addition to extra NATO forces to be deployed to Poland and the Baltics.
The ABCTs will be on nine-month rotations from the U.S. and will bring their own modern equipment to conduct exercises across Atlantic Resolve countries. These rotations will demonstrate our ability to rapidly deploy equipment and forces to Europe by sending U.S.-based rotational forces with their currently assigned equipment. This equipment will be the most modernized the Army has to offer and over the next year will replace the current training equipment in Europe. When the first rotational armored brigade combat team arrives early next year, the equipment currently used by rotational forces, known as the European Activity Set (EAS), will remain in Europe, be repaired, upgraded, and converted into the core of the APS we announced in February. We plan to have APS stored in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has already threatened Romania for participating in the U.S. missile shield.
The large-scale maneuvers will only fuel the Kremlin narrative that Russia is being encircled by hostile forces.
European peaceniks, too, won’t have to look far for new evidence of American war-mongering.
originally posted by: Nikola014
a reply to: MrSpad
Holding an exercise of this scale, that close to Russia at the time like this, is clearly a provocation. I don't see why people have problem with admitting it, and go into the same usual "Russia did this, or they did that..." bs.
Exactly As an independent Brit I can see exactly where you are coming from. NATO is taking the piss with these exercises. Russia has its back yard and Russians have their pride. Stupid NATO
They are response to NATO's exercises.
We're going in circles people. There's nothing strange about any of this. No need to get alarmed.