Sunday, June 14, 2015

Pentagon Plan To Locate Weapons In NATO Nations Close To Russia

The US and Russia had established an understanding that they were not aggressors toward each other and that military weapons would not be positioned close the Russian border.  That understanding has changed after events in Crimea and Ukraine.  A Pentagon plan to position weapons in the Baltic states as well as in other Eastern European states is described in this article.   The plan was discussed during a recent meeting in Riga.  It was intended to reassure NATO nations in Eastern Europe that they would be protected from Russia.  Putin has denied any intentions of aggression towards them but this is an escalation that serves more as a warning than anything else.  It is another unfortunate deterioration in the efforts that had been made to bring Russia and Europe closer together.

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