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U.S. still to have its troops in Poland and Baltic States

24 november 2014 | 09:50

U.S. troops will remain in the Baltic States to curb Russian aggression, if necessary and to ensure the security of the Allies.

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As the commander of the land forces of the USA in Europe, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges states, troops will remain in the territory of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as much as it takes to "hold back the Russian aggression and to ensure the security of our allies."

Contingent of several hundred soldiers of the U.S. Army was sent to Poland and the Baltic countries in the spring of 2014, after the annexation of the Crimea by Russia. This was done in order to assure the East European allies that NATO will provide them with assistance in the event of a threat from Russia. It was originally planned that the American soldiers will stay in Poland and the Baltic states by the end of 2014.

After the aggravation of the crisis Ukrainian Baltic countries indicate its NATO allies on the threat that, in their opinion, comes from Russia.

For example, in recent weeks Latvia has repeatedly stated the violation of air space by the Russian Air Force aircraft as well as fixed Russian ships in its exclusive economic zone.

At the same time the other day, NATO Secretary General informed about the increased activity of the Russian Air Force in Europe.

In turn, Russia stated about the threat of a military confrontation with NATO in the Baltics.

Source: Reuters

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