: NATO will not be able to defend Baltics - Commander of U.S. troops in Europe

16:49 Jun. 22, 2016

NATO will not be able to defend Baltics - Commander of U.S. troops in Europe

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, speaks during a briefing December 9, 2015 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. (Getty Images)

Russian army could occupy Baltics in 36-60 hours

If Kremlin decides to attack the Baltic states, NATO will not be able to protect them. This is according to the Lieutenant General of the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) Ben Hodges.

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‘Russia could invade the Baltic states faster than we would appear there to defend them,' he said in an interview with the German newspaper Die Zeit.

The U.S. Lieutenant General said he shares the assessment of the military analysts, who said about Russian troops' readiness to occupy Baltic capitals in 36-60 hours.

On June 7-17, Anaconda 2016 - NATO's largest military exercises on the alliance's eastern flank - took place in Poland. The list of participants included 19 NATO member states, as well as 6 partner states from a joint program ‘The Partnership for Peace' that comprised Ukraine.

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According to Ben Hodges, the flaws of the NATO's Anaconda included mostly the redeployment of the heavy weapons from Western to Eastern Europe, which was not fast enough.







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