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USA to send 600 soldiers to Poland and Baltic States

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUUSA plans to send 600 soldiers to Poland and Baltic States to participate in the upcoming military exercises, as it was reported by Pentagon this week.

150 of the Italy-based U.S. Army’s 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will arrive in Poland this Wednesday. Another 450 soldiers will arrive in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia to participate in the new military exercises, which are set to take place in the next couple of months, as it was reported by Rear-Admiral John Kirby.

As reported by Latvian Foreign Ministry’s press-secretary Kārlis Eihenbaums, 150 paratroopers will be sent to Latvia to participate in the exercises. Foreign Ministry reports Latvia is grateful for USA’s decision to send troops to Latvia, which falls in accordance with the April 16th decision of the NATO Council to support the realization of specific actions in order to strengthen collective defence across the whole of NATO territory, especially in the Baltics.

‘The fast response of our NATO allies – USA – is commendable. An immediate and practical form of support by increasing NATO military presence in Eastern Europe is only welcome. We express our gratitude to our NATO partners for their decisions, which will only increase Latvia’s safety and allow our residents feel safer, especially in regard to recent events in Ukraine,’ – says Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis.

‘The initial deployment of land troops for the upcoming military exercises is the first step of the whole plan of NATO. It is one of the short-term solutions NATO will provide to support our country and the region. This kind of action shows close cooperation among NATO member states and their preparedness to react, offering sure guarantees to member states. We expect the presence of our allied forces in the Baltic region will become more intensive and numerically larger in a long-term perspective,’ – says Vejonis.

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  1. michael walsh says:

    There are 3 million Russian servicemen including trained reservists. The news that 600 NATO servicemen are to be rotated in 150s through the Baltic States and Poland reminds me of a joke that tickled my mum.
    Two isolated Tommies (British soldiers) are in the trench facing the German advance. “Here, Bert. Didn’t the sergeant-major say we could have £5 for every German soldier we captured?”
    His comrade agrees at which his fellow soldier replies: “Don’t look now, mate, but there’s £200,000 worth coming over the hill.”

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  2. Andrej says:

    It does not need many NATO servicemen to act as a deterrent. If any NATO servicemen are attacked then WW3 will begin. Russia will lose this is a fact! Russia bark is bigger than its bite!

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