A UK battle group will take part in a major military training exercise with other NATO forces to “reassure” allies in Eastern Europe during a period of heightened regional tensions, the Foreign Office has announced.
In the biggest commitment to the region since 2008, the UK’s full battle group will comprise of 1,350 personnel and more than 350 armored and other vehicles.
Speaking during a visit to Warsaw with UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Exercise Black Eagle was one of a series of planned NATO maneuvers due to take place throughout the autumn in support of its allies in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states.
Moscow considers the build-up of NATO troops in Europe as part of a hostile policy aimed at moving the alliance’s military resources closer to its borders.
“No matter what our Western counterparts tell us, we can see what’s going on,” President Vladimir Putin told an emergency Security Council meeting in Moscow on July 22. “As it stands, NATO is blatantly building up its forces in Eastern Europe, including the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea areas. Its operational and combat training activities are gaining in scale.”
NATO will hold its summit in Wales this September, where member nations will discuss the draw down in Afghanistan and the unfolding crisis in Iraq. Fallon said it would also offer an opportunity to prepare NATO’s response to the situation in Ukraine. http://rt.com/uk/176384-nato-military-exercise-poland/
Watch all our bleeding hearts turn our eyes from Gaza when we enter engagement with Russia. Israel will finish off Gaza. There is really nothing left there as far as infrastructure anyway. What Iran, Hezbollah, etc will do is the wild-card. And the linking back to Russia. Muslims in the Stans are calling bullshit on the West. And they don't even like Russia.
General Breedlove is whack. Rabid. Big trouble for people who like to think their next breath is fairly secure.