US quietly sending in troops to train former Soviet bloc states

And you wonder why American credibility is stretched to complete distrust with Russia and China?


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BD Live
By Peter Apps
12 June 2014

WASHINGTON — As the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) refocuses on its eastern borders after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the US is quietly deploying more troops to train special forces in former Soviet bloc states anxious about Moscow’s intentions.

Major exercises began last month in Poland, Slovakia and the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia involving several hundred personnel from US special forces, the US European Command (Eucom) said.

Long-term plans include further training drills that will consistently keep about 100 US elite troops on the ground at any one time in NATO states close to Russia, with teams working in several countries, US officials said.

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