US to send more troops, equipment to Baltic states

US President Obama with the Baltic states Presidents at a press conference in Tallinn
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In his words, his administration and the Congress are currently finalizing the initiative announced in Warsaw in spring to step up the US presence in Eastern Europe. Obama has suggested earmarking 1 billion US dollars for the purpose.

“Here in the Baltics, it would mean positioning more American equipment, so it’s ready if needed. It would mean more training and exercises between our militaries. And it would mean more US forces, including American boots on the ground, continuously rotating through Estonia and Latvia and Lithuania,” Obama said in Tallinn.

Earlier on Wednesday, the US president also announced plans to send more fighter-jets to exercises in the Nordic-Baltic region, saying that they will be carried out from the Estonian air base in Amari.

Additional security measures in response to the Russian actions in Ukraine will be discussed at the NATO summit in Wales on Thursday and Friday.

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