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US surrounding Russia with latest weaponry, thousands of troops in Baltic states

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Is United States of America, USA, surrounding Russia by deploying large number of troops and most advanced weaponry in areas that were thought to be no go areas for the US? If latest reports are to be believed, the US is deploying hundred of latest tanks, howitzers and other advanced weaponry besides a large number of troops in the Baltic states and Poland.

While there are already hundreds of US troops training armies in Poland and Baltic states, the latest deployment will bolster the US presence in the area. While it may give some psychological support to the Baltic states and Poland that fear Russian aggression, it will up the US-Russia tension in the coming days.us_troops_baltic_states

US perspective
A New York Times report while talking of Baltic states says, ““They’re scared to death of Russia,” Gen. Raymond T. Thomas, the head of the Pentagon’s Special Operations Command, who visited here recently, said of the tiny militaries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. “They are very open about that. They’re desperate for our leadership.” As a result, General Thomas said, American commandos now have a “persistent” presence here with Baltic special operations troops, after forging close ties with them over the past decade while fighting together in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Americans bring sophisticated surveillance technology and broad sources of intelligence”.

Russian perspective
An RT report says, “Hundreds of American tanks, trucks and other military equipment have arrived at the German port of Bremerhaven to be transferred to Eastern Europe as part of NATO’s buildup near Russia’s borders…The Resolve cargo ship arrived on Wednesday, while two more vessels – Freedom and Endurance – are expected in Germany on Sunday, Deutsche Welle reported. The unloading of the ships began on Friday, with the heavy equipment to be transported to Poland via rail and road”.

The report goes on to add, “Four thousand American troops will reportedly be spread across Poland, the Baltic States, Bulgaria and Romania where they’ll remain on rotation basis…The 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, with 50 Black Hawk helicopters, 10 CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 1,800 personnel, as well as a separate aviation battalion with 400 troops and 24 Apache helicopters are also scheduled for deployment in Eastern Europe…“The best way to maintain the peace is through preparation,” US Major General Timothy McGuire explained, adding that the deployment is about “just showing the strength and cohesion of the alliance and the US commitment to maintain the peace on the continent.”

Why Baltic states, Poland are worried?
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that broke away from the USSR in the early nineties fear increased Russian interference following the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. These states are probably preparing for this eventuality. Some months ago, US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work told the WSJ that the extra troops and gear, combined with what the US already had in Europe, meant “there will be a division’s worth of stuff to fight if something happens. If push came to shove, they’d be able to come together as a cohesive unit that has trained together, with all their organic equipment, and fight. That’s a whole lot better than what we have right now,” he said.

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