U.S. military officials announced Wednesday plans to beef up numbers of American troops and equipment in Eastern Europe to counter what the Pentagon described as “an aggressive Russia.”
It comes just weeks after Russia’s foreign minister warned that NATO’s military build-up near Russia’s borders is “counterproductive and dangerous,” and that the military alliance’s members “are whipping up ‘Russia’s threat’ myth.”
Part of the plan was already revealed by the Obama administration last month.
U.S. European Command said in a statement Wednesday that starting in February 2017, there will be continuous rotations of three Army combat teams and upgraded equipment in Europe. “That equipment would allow for the rapid deployment of ground forces,” Military Times reports.
The Guardian notes that the plan marks a reversal of