Euractiv: New US-led force to deter Russia in Poland from April20 March 2017 | 23:01 | FOCUS News Agency
“This is a mission, not a cycle of training events,” US Army Lt. Colonel Steven Gventer, who heads the battlegroup, told a news conference. “The purpose is to deter aggression in the Baltics and in Poland… We are fully ready to be lethal.”
Britain, Canada and Germany are leading the other three battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which are due to be operational by June. They will have support from a series of NATO nations including France.
In total, some 4,000 NATO troops – equipped with tanks, armoured vehicles, air support and hi-tech mission information rooms – will monitor and defend against any potential Russian incursions.
Moscow, which denies having any expansionist or aggressive agenda, accuses NATO of trying to destabilise Central Europe and has responded by forming four new military divisions to strengthen its western and central regions and stepping up exercises.
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