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Kahn
December 17th, 2016, 02:15 PM
Increasing tensions in Europe prompted the US to send a huge array of military equipment to Europe in a bid to “deter” Russia.

The tanks will be stored at a complex in the southeastern village of Eygelshoven, which was originally opened in 1985 to allow US troops to practice drills in the event of a possible Soviet invasion.

Plans to open more storage sites in Poland, Belgium and Germany have also been put forward as part of a £2.7billion ($3.4billion) Congress-approved scheme to boost Nato’s presence in Europe.

NATO has begun bolstering their European defences following fears of “Russian aggression” from the Baltic states.

General Tom Middendorp, the Dutch chief of defence, said: “When visiting the Baltic states, I experienced this for myself.

“Standing there, near the Russian border, you could feel the tense atmosphere.”

He added: “But the Russian military activities are not just a concern for our eastern allies - they are a concern for all of us.

“We are taking proportionate and measured steps to defend our alliance. We want to make sure we are sending a clear signal to Russia that we will not accept any violation of NATO’s territorial integrity.”

The decision to ship the US tanks to Europe comes after Polish defence minister Antoni Macierewicz announced plans to send 4,000 American troops to the western town of Zagan in the new year.

Last month, Germany received 600 containers of ammunition from the US - the largest single shipment in more than 20 years.

Tensions between NATO and Russia have increased significantly in recent months, although the two powers are set to hold landmarks talks on Monday in a bid to restore relations.

Source (http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/744518/US-1600-tanks-Netherlands-Nato-Russia-Europe-Tom-Middendorp-Germany-Poland-Belgium)

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Flapjack
December 17th, 2016, 04:51 PM
I reallyyy do not like this!!! Although it is kinda relieving to have a US military presence in Europe supporting NATO!! (Thank gosh the UK does not have oil) I am worried Trump will pull them out and that this is a sign that the world is becoming more unstable and counties like the US really need to stop poking Russia with a stick.

Porpoise101
December 17th, 2016, 06:09 PM
Good stuff. I have heard reports that NATO forces are also shifting more into Poland and Romania and away from Germany. A new weaponized frontier will be stationed in Eastern Europe.