Britain, U.S. sending planes, troops
to deter Russia in the east
United States promised troops, tanks and artillery to Poland in NATO's biggest
military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War.
meeting in Brussels on the same day two Russian warships armed with cruise
missiles entered the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Denmark, underscoring
three warships in Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta after NATO allies
said they could be used to target civilians in Syria.
aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov - that is expected to join around 10 other
Russian vessels already off the Syrian coast, diplomats said.
new 4,000-strong force in the Baltics and eastern Europe were a measured
response to what the alliance believes are some 330,000 Russian troops
stationed on Russia's western flank near Moscow.
to Kaliningrad and suspended a weapons-grade plutonium agreement with the
United States," Stoltenberg said, also accusing Russia of continued support for
rebels in Ukraine.
NATO officials declined to say if Russia had moved nuclear warheads to
Russia in Europe's ex-Soviet states, after Moscow orchestrated the annexation
of the Crimea peninsula in 2014.
from early next year, backed by a 40,000-strong rapid-reaction force, and if
need be, follow-on forces.
ready battalion task force" of about 900 soldiers would be sent to eastern
Poland, as well as another, separate force equipped with tanks and other
heavy equipment to move across eastern Europe.
strong battalion to Estonia, supported by French and Danish troops, starting
from May. The United States wants its troops in position by June.
the Black Sea, partly in support of Turkey.
help secure the eastern and southern flanks of NATO," Fallon said.
Germany, Britain and Canada to go to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.
Canada said it was sending 450 troops to Latvia, joined by 140 military
personnel from Italy.
with additional forces from the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Croatia
clear demonstration of our transatlantic bond." Diplomats
said it would also send a message to Republican
presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has
complained that European allies do not pay their way
in the alliance.
too much given Russia's grievances at NATO's expansion
eastwards, although Stoltenberg denied going too far.
overshadowed by the dispute about whether Spain should refuel the Russian
warships, which was later resolved by Moscow's decision to withdraw its request.
decision to impose retaliatory sanctions.
by U.S. accusations that Russia has used cyber attacks to disrupt the presidential
election, have signaled a worsening of ties.
Putin suspended a treaty with Washington on cleaning up weapons-grade
plutonium, signaling he was willing to use nuclear disarmament as a new
bargaining chip in disputes with the United States over Ukraine and Syria.