: NATO prepares to deploy 4000 troops near Russia

13:08 Apr. 30, 2016

NATO prepares to deploy 4000 troops near Russia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Visits Prague (GettyImages photo)

Alliance takes steps to support its members concerned about Russian aggression 

NATO is preparing to put four battalions in Poland and the Baltic countries. The alliance is going to deploy 4000 troops to reinforce its eastern wing and support allies who are concerned about Russia's aggression. This is reported by the American daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal.

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According to the WSJ, the battalions will be provided by Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Robert Work, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defence, confirms the general numbers of the troops. Work says the buildup is a response to Moscow's military activity near the Baltic countries.

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"The Russians have conducted many unexpected drills with a large amount of soldiers right at the border. We could see it as provocation", Work stated.

Earlier Germany announced possible plans to deploy its troops to Lithuania.

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