More US troops for eastern Europe

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By Catherine Hardy  with AP
More US troops for eastern Europe

The news

The US Army has announced it is to send more troops to eastern Europe.

The Pentagon says it is in response to an “aggressive” Russia.

  • Extra armoured brigade deployed
  • 4,200 extra soldiers
  • 9-month tour of duty
  • A total of three continuously present
  • “More capable, more present, more modern”

Fears of Russian “revanchism”

Relations between Russia and western powers have deteriorated since Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

The annexation sparked and has stoked fears that Russia is considering interventions in bordering countries, notably the Baltic states.

The concern is that Moscow is seeking to regain territory it feels it has lost.

EUCOM in numbers

  • 62,000 US military personnel permanently based in Europe
  • 21 bases across the continent

What they are saying

“This demonstrates our strong and balanced approach to reassuring our NATO allies and partners in the wake of an aggressive Russia in eastern Europe and elsewhere.”General Philip Breedlove, senior US commander in Europe.