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US deploying B-52 bombers to Europe for NATO exercise

Press TV – June 2, 2017

The US Air Force is deploying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers and 800 airmen to Britain that will take part in NATO exercises in June in Eastern Europe near Russia’s border.

The long-range strategic Boeing B-52 Stratofortress will take part in a series of joint exercises that primarily take place in the Baltic Sea, the Arctic and along Russia’s border with several NATO member states.

“Training with allies and joint partners improves coordination between allies and enables the US Air Force to build enduring relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges,” the Air Force said in a press release.

In April, the US Air Force said it is deploying F-35 jets to Estonia, the service’s newest and most expensive fighter jets.

Western countries have moved to step up their military presence in Eastern Europe to deter what they call the Russian “aggression.”

Moscow is wary of NATO’s military build-up near its borders. In response, Russia has beefed up its southwestern military capacity, deploying nuclear-capable missiles to its Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad bordering Poland and Lithuania.

The B-52 deployment comes following a NATO summit on May 25 in Brussels where US President Donald Trump accused members of the alliance of not contributing enough to the NATO budget and owing “massive amounts of money” to the US.

Trump was harshly critical of NATO as a presidential candidate, describing the 28-member Western military alliance as “obsolete.”

June 2, 2017 - Posted by | Militarism | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. NATO is not a “Defence” force any more. NATO troops are in Afghanistan(and who knows where else?) NATO has become an ATTACK force, and mounting “military exercises” right on the Russian border, is provocative to say the least. An American President who mounts military forces on Russia’s border has NO RIGHT to complain when IRAN tests ‘defence’ rockets in Iran.
    I don’t think provoking Vladimir Putin is the smartest idea that the USA is capable of coming up with. “Surely they can’t be serious”.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | June 2, 2017 | Reply


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