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USA increases military support for Baltics and Poland

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUUnited States of America plan to increase military support for Baltic States and Poland, as it was reported by US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel this Wednesday.

‘This morning the Defence Department is pursuing measures to support our allies,’ – as Hagel told lawmakers. He added that this includes expanded aviation training in Poland and increasing the US role in NATO’s air policing mission over Baltic countries.

There are ten soldiers of US Air Force currently stationed in Poland. There they perform military training.

NATO has been providing regular patrolling of Baltic air space for the past decade.

This Wednesday, Hagel also announced that NATO’s top commander and head of the US European Command, General Philip Breedlove plans to confer with Central and Eastern European defence chiefs.

‘This is a time for wise, steady, and firm leadership,’ Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

‘It is a time for all of us to stand with the Ukrainian people in support of their territorial integrity and sovereignty, and their right to have a government that fulfils the aspirations of its people.’

Also, General Martin Dempsey, the US army’s top-ranking officer, said he had spoken to his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov, earlier this Wednesday, asking him to exercise “restraint.”

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  1. Linda says:

    Thank you USA for being supportive of a beleaguered eastern Europe.

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  2. jj says:

    ‘a beleaguered eastern Europe’????

    Come on – whats happening in Ukraine is bad, but you can hardly call all of Eastern Europe beleaguered!!

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    • Linda says:

      why does Russia need to do military drills n Baltic, launch ballistic missiles and invade Ukrainian territory all in the same week? Posturing or not it is still unnerving for most.

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  3. JPR says:

    Not needed! Stay away!

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