The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Tuesday that it is indeed planning to bring tanks and other heavy weaponry to Russia’s doorstep, in a move observers say is likely to further stoke Cold War tensions as NATO regional war games commence.
Speaking in Tallinn, Estonia, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said the Pentagon would be fortifying Baltic states—Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia—as well as Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland each with a military arsenal large enough to support 150 to 750 troops.
“The U.S. decision to stage heavy equipment closer to Russia’s borders aims to speed deployment of rotating U.S. forces,” Reuters reports.
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Rumors of the pending mobilization were first reported earlier this month when anonymous military officials revealed the plan to pre-position 250 tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and self-propelled howitzers, in a bid to “reassure” NATO countries and likely intimidate Russia amidst growing regional tensions.
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