Britain, US sending planes, troops to deter Russia in the east
Oct 30 2016 by Johnny Bowman
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday the move was "a measured response to what the alliance believes are some 330,000 Russian troops stationed on the country's western flank near Moscow".
Eight Russian ships, led by aircraft carrier Admiral Kudnetsov, passed through the Strait of Gibraltar on Wednesday after sailing through the English Channel this week.
A Mediterranean-bound convoy of Russian warships will not be stopping for fuel at a Spanish port, Russia said Wednesday, after Spain's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies objected to the refueling plan.
In a series of tweets, Russia's ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko, called the deployments "confrontational schemes of military building up in areas along our borders" and threatened retaliation.
Until the Kremlin authorities change their approach, Russian Federation should be treated as the biggest threat to peace in Europe and the world, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said in July in an interview with the newspaper "Rzeczpospolita". Last month, Russian Federation suspended a weapons-grade plutonium agreement with the United States.
"We have seen that in Georgia and we have seen it in Ukraine with illegal annexation of Crimea and the continued destabilization of eastern Ukraine".
NATO defense ministers are seated during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council Defense Ministers session at NATO headquarters in Brussels Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. Norway, which has a long border with Russian Federation, will allow 330 US troops to be stationed on its soil for a limited period from next year, the first time foreign troops have been posted on its territory since the end of World War Two. Russian Federation moved Iskander-M missiles three weeks earlier into the Kaliningrad enclave which borders Poland.
In early October the Polish General Roman Polko, former head of the GROM military unit, claimed a "Russian invasion" of the Baltics was inevitable "in the nearest future".
Poland's paramilitary defense has grown rapidly, with more than 35,000 people signing up and undergoing military training.
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Meanwhile, the United States promised troops, tanks, and artillery to Poland.
He also said Nato's moves were about getting "Russia back to a constructive and productive dialogue". He said several states had offered to contribute to an increased allied presence in the Black Sea region, including Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and the US.
According to the Ministry of Defense, the deployment is likely to include "armored Infantry, equipped with Warrior armored fighting vehicles, tactical UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), and a troop of our Challenger 2 main battle tanks".
The UK is also sending an RAF Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby to Romania, while the troops will go to Estonia.
"If we act on Syria in any way that could escalate to a Russian attack, they are signalling as clearly as they can that they would retaliate". Those missiles could potentially hit targets in Poland or the Baltic states.
On Monday, Norway announced that U.S. Marines would be deployed in the country, beginning in January.
Additionally, all tanks that are now in use by German forces should be modernized starting in 2017, according to the defense ministry's plan.
Norway shares a 196-kilometer (122-mile) border with Russian Federation.