Thursday, 11 February 2016

NATO battalions in full armor are to be sent to Eastern Europe


NATO moves to the east: battalions in full armor are to be sent to Eastern Europe



10 February, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – 14:38

NATO continues to surround Russia with “a belt of hostility” and brings more and more manpower and military equipment into Eastern Europe. Today the European press reported on NATO plans to place nearly a thousand soldiers in Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries. The official reason is the same as that for the UK plans to send five war ships to the Baltic - a deterrence of the notorious “Russian aggression”.
According to The Guardian, such a decision of the UK authorities is a more harsh answer to the policy of the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The British Defense Minister Michael Fallon said that it was the first time since 2010 that London contributed to the permanent NATO naval forces.
The growing presence of NATO is a clear message to our enemies that we are ready to respond to any threat and protect our allies. In 2016 we will significantly focus on the Baltic region,’ he said.
As for NATO land forces, according to The Telegraph, during the meeting of NATO member countries’ foreign ministers there was discussed placing battalions of 500-1,000 men in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.
The bulk of the group should consist of soldiers from the US, UK and Germany to make it clear to Russia that any intervention “by the Ukrainian scenario” will cause an immediate reaction from the West and NATO.
The military forces will be deployed in the eastern part of Europe on a rotating basis. The special units will be equipped with missiles “ground-to-air”, helicopters and attack aircraft.
The general outlines of the plan may be agreed by NATO this week, other details will be discussed later.
The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said yesterday that the alliance strengthened its presence on the eastern borders of NATO member countries to meet the new challenges, the strengthening of ‘Russia’s aggressive intentions’ among them.
Experts point out that in case of a hypothetical war these forces are highly unlikely to be able to repel the full invasion and “protect” US satellites. In this regard, the most likely purpose of these forces is using them as the vanguard of the invasion mobile forces.
DONi News Agency

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