American Tanks And Heavy Weaponry May Be Headed To Europe

Chance Moschell

The Pentagon has proposed moving a considerable amount of tanks and other heavy weaponry to several Baltic and Eastern European countries. The proposed move would act as a deterrent against further Russian aggression in Europe. Col. Steven H. Warren told the Times that military is still looking for the best locations for the equipment and went on to say that no concrete plan had been made yet.

"The U.S. military continues to review the best location to store these materials in consultation with our allies,"

While speaking with Reuters, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said that the U.S. will likely follow through with the proposed plan. The Defence Minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, also believed that the plan would come to fruition and that it would happen soon.

"The threats to the Baltic region have increased. This has been discussed many times and I view positively (the fact) that talks lead to concrete decisions which, I think, will become a reality."
"would be the most prominent of a series of moves the United States and NATO have taken to bolster forces in the region and send a clear message of resolve to allies and to Russia's president, Vladimir V. Putin, that the United States would defend the alliance's members closest to the Russian frontier."

The proposal would have to be approved by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, as well as President Obama. The NPR's Tom Bowman said that the equipment could move into the region as early as this fall.

The possible countries where the U.S. may station some of its military equipment in Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, and Hungary.

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