is deploying troops, aircraft and armor in the biggest military
buildup in Eastern Europe since the Cold War.
deployment, which was first floated in the press by UK defense chiefs
on Wednesday, appears to have been prepared well in advance.
will see up to 800 armored infantry troops deployed to Estonia and
Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter jets deployed to Romania in what
appears to be a reiteration of the strategy of containment employed
against the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
and Denmark will also commit more troops.
Wednesday, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon struck a belligerent
tone in the Wall Street Journal when he warned that Europe “is our
continent” and, as such, would be defended.
he claimed the force would be “defensive in nature” he pledged it
would be “fully combat-capable.”
denied the placement of small formations around the Baltic area are
merely a “trip-wire” in case of the much-heralded, but
hypothetical, clash with Russia.
is a serious military presence,” he said.
have only just begun to subside after a fleet of Russian naval
vessels bound for the Mediterranean Sea passed through the North Sea
and English Channel.
passage caused a press frenzy in the UK, framed as though Russia was
launching an invasion of the British Isles. The Royal Navy deployed
destroyers to, in Fallon’s words, “man-mark” the vessels while
the RAF overflew the ships with fighter jets.
to the Russian military, the naval group’s task was to “ensure a
naval presence in operationally significant areas of the world’s
oceans,” as well as “the safety of maritime navigation and other
maritime economic activities” of Russia.
deployment of troops, drones and aircraft is expected to begin in May