US confirms it will place 250 tanks in eastern Europe to counter Russian threat

The United States will place 250 tanks, artillery pieces and fighting vehicles in seven eastern European countries as a bulwark against Russian aggression, it was confirmed on Tuesday.

Ash Carter, the US defence secretary, said Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and Poland will host equipment in order to reassure Nato countries alarmed by Russian action in Ukraine.

“We will temporarily stage one armoured brigade combat team’s vehicles and associated equipment in countries in central and eastern Europe,” Mr Carter said at a joint press conference with three Baltic defence ministers.

After Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region last year, Nato leaders agreed to step up exercises and rotations of forces through Nato allies in eastern Europe as well as storing hardware there for use in an emergency.

Reports of the deployment triggered a furious response from Moscow earlier this week, and came after Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, announced he would 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal.

The equipment will include 250 tanks, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers.

The amount of equipment that would be temporarily stored in each country will be enough to supply either a company, of around 150 soldiers, or a battalion, of about 750 soldiers.

Full article: US confirms it will place 250 tanks in eastern Europe to counter Russian threat (The Telegraph)

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