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Pentagon secretary pledges more military aid to Baltic states under the guise of ‘Russian threat’

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The US has deployed an additional 20,000 troops to Europe, bringing the total to 100,000, following the launch of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine. While Moscow has ensured it does not pose a threat to NATO countries, the alliance used Russian operations as a pretext to deploy more troops to its eastern perimeter.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin promised that the rotation of U.S. troops in Latvia would continue and that more troops could be deployed to the region in a speech during a visit to the Baltics. He justified the potential need for military reinforcements by claiming a threat from Russia.

“We will step up our rotational deployments in the region and strengthen training with our Baltic allies to further strengthen our credible combat posture in the region. […] We can also bring in troops from the United States,” he said.

Austin further pledged that the United States would remain committed to helping the Baltic states defend themselves, adding that the Security Forces Assistance Brigade will continue to operate in the region.

“If anything, and […] If Latvia’s sovereign territory is being questioned or challenged, we are here to work with our partners,” Austin assured Latvian colleague Artis Pabriks, adding that the country’s military said, “I am ready to die.” […] If something happens at the border.”

Latvian Defense Minister Artis Public said the Latvian armed forces need daily “core training” to protect the country, as well as additional financial support from the US to buy new military equipment. . Coastal defenses also need an upgrade.

It was the first visit by a Pentagon secretary to Latvia since 1995, following a 25% increase in US troops in Europe on the pretext that Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine. The total number of US troops in the region has reached his 100,000, and most new deployments are along NATO’s eastern perimeter. close to the Russian border.

Moscow has repeatedly warned the US and NATO against such deployments in the past and has vowed a mirror-like response to the latest boost near the Russian border. He accused Russia of seeking to create a state hostile to Russia, with the ultimate goal of deploying troops on Ukrainian territory.



https://sputniknews.com/20220810/pentagon-chief-pledges-more-military-assistance-for-baltic-states-under-pretext-of-russia-threat-1099461027.html Pentagon secretary pledges more military aid to Baltic states under the guise of ‘Russian threat’

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