US Tanks, Troops Arrive In Estonia As Part Of NATO Anti-Russia Build Up

Tyler Durden's picture

As part of continued a NATO build-up and US efforts to counter an alleged Russian threat, US military hardware, including M1A2 Abrams battle tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles have arrived in the northern Estonian town of Tapa, shortly after similar deployments were made to other Eastern European nations including Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Germany.

"The movement of equipment and troops into and around Europe marks the beginning of a continuous rotation of armored brigade combat teams from the United States as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve," the US Defense Department said in a statement, commenting on the move. It added that "Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued US commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine."

In July 2016, NATO members agreed to the “biggest reinforcement since the Cold War,” posting four multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

More than 50 units of US military equipment, including four battle tanks and 15 infantry fighting vehicles, were delivered to Tapa, the Estonian Defense Forces said in a statement. Personnel of the Charlie Company of 68th Armored Regiment's 1st Battalion from the US Army 4th Infantry Division arrived in the town two days earlier, on January 30. Company commander Captain Edward Bachar said the US troops would take part in the Estonian Independence Day parade. Earlier, Bachar also said that his company would begin its expert marksmanship training this week.

The new unit would replace a paratrooper company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade's 503rd Infantry Regiment, which was deployed to Estonia in September. The paratrooper company would then go back to its permanent base in Italy. 

The Estonian deployment marks a new phase of the Operation Atlantic Resolve, which began in April 2014, following the flaring of tensions between Russia and the West. Atlantic Resolve is perceived by Washington as a demonstration of continued US commitment to the collective security of Europe in the view of alleged Russian “assertiveness.”

As reported previously, last month some 2,800 pieces of US military hardware, including US Abrams tanks, Paladin artillery, Bradley fighting vehicles and 4,000 troops arrived in Europe as part of the operation. These forces subsequently moved to Poland to participate in military drills in late January, and then were deployed across seven countries, including the Baltic States, Bulgaria, Romania and Germany. A headquarters unit is stationed in Germany.

In addition to American troops going to Poland, NATO members Germany, Canada and Britain are also contributing to the significant NATO forces buildup in Eastern Europe and are sending battalions of up to 1,000 troops each to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Apart from the military buildup on Russian borders, the US and NATO strategy also includes conducting continuous, enhanced multinational training and security cooperation activities with US and NATO partners in eastern Europe. Since the Operation began, these military exercises have been conducted in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. In mid-January, Estonia and Lithuania also signed agreements with the US regulating the status and deployment framework of American soldiers and hardware on the territory of the two Baltics states, which were dubbed “first of its kind.”

As RT adds, the agreements provided a legal framework for the presence of US military personnel and their family members in the two Baltic States, as well as the use of the local military sites by American troops. They also enable a range of joint “defense-related activities.”

Meanwhile, while NATO members continue to point toward perceived “Russian aggression,” calling it “a source of instability,” Russia has repeatedly denied that it poses any kind of threat. Moscow has also expanded its own military training and increased its strategic nuclear capabilities in areas such as Kaliningrad, its western exclave. Russia also tried to ease tensions by proposing enhanced cooperation with NATO on multiple levels in August. The proposal covered such fields as combating terrorism and “cooperation to avoid incidents at sea and in the air” in border areas with NATO countries.

For now, Trump's formal stance on the ongoing Ukraine conflict, as well as NATO build up and encirclement of Russia has yet to be determined.

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buckstopshere's picture

NATO should be organized so that the Baltic states and Poland form their own defensive bloc.

The US could provide armaments and satellite intel and other logistics support.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Careful. That Putin is a killer.

Manthong's picture

You know, every time you turn around those goddam Rooskies keep moving their whole country west closer towards NATO’s new eastern bases.

And how damn dare they conduct drills within their own borders?

Looney's picture

 

Now, the Doomsday Clock can be safely moved back 1 hour. Daylight Saving Time, bitchez!   ;-)

Looney

NoDebt's picture

Wow, look how beat up those Abrams tanks look after all that time in service, 3 wars.  They're fixing them with cardboard armor!

 

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

"Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued US commitment to the occupation, subjugation, and control of Europe."

Looney's picture

 

Are those Amazon shipping labels still attached to the tanks?  ;-)

Looney

HowdyDoody's picture

"Careful. That Putin is a killer."

Only of terrorists. So, North American Terrorist Organization, do you feel lucky punk? Well do ya?

evoila's picture

Russian military doctrine doesn't believe in allowing a build-up of forces on your borders. At some point, they are going to poke the bear one too many times.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

That's what the US is pushing into, US needs desperatly a global scale war even with the high probability of ending into a nuclear oblivion so that US can offload its economic and social crap outside its border instead of booming in its own backyard as a civil war. This is what Obama realized when presented with reality facts accesible only to the POTUS and same happened to Trump, I predicted this some time ago, SHTF is a fact not an alternative, the alternatives are only the SHTF flavor - US civil war vs US world scale war. 

NotApplicable's picture

"From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores Estonia...Gee...

Gunny, where the fuck is Estonia?"

Volkodav's picture

keep driving till you see people with small round heads

AtATrESICI's picture

...a new day with #Trump...The #Owners will soon be defeated.

Amazon.com has those pussy hats? I need to get me one.

August's picture

Best of all, the European 'leaders" eat it up! 

No pesky foreign policy issues to get in the way of their domestic deceptions and thievery.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

But these are special "battle" tanks.

You know, as opposed to regular friendly tanks.

GreatUncle's picture

Not got APS systems neither although US were trying Israeli Trophy system.

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

Refurbished in China, with psychological armor.

stacking12321's picture

how is this still continuing?

why hasn't the donald put a stop to this dangerous posturing?

Chupacabra-322's picture

Killer huh? Like Qaddafi? Seems to follow the exact same PysOp & False Scripted Narrative. Assad is a killer too. See how that works?

Did O'Douche Bag physically see Putin killing someone? Didn't think so.

HowdyDoody's picture

And Obomber is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

It's a bizarro world we live in. Left is right. Black is white. Up is down. Good is bad.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Lawyers, MSM, Lobbyist, Bankers, CIA Directors, lie all the time.

Now in the USA... we took it to 'Banana Republic' Level, full retard... where our diplomats, congress and our US President will lie us into wars.

Partly we do this because we are an Empire, partly we do it to defense the WRC, US Dollar, and partly for Crony Capitalism and Interest Groups.

halcyon's picture

"We don't want war. Russia is the aggressor".

Yeah sure, that's why are your parking all those tanks, personnel and missiles right next to Russias fucking border, less than a deer fart away from their second biggest city and within a striking distance of their capital.

How the fuck would you feel if Russia parked ICMBs in Cuba?

Oh....

Pentagon = a bunch of war-mongering hypocrites.

 

Donald J. Trump's picture

Putin: Russia would like to join NATO to help solve the world's real problems such as defeating ISIS and creating stability in the middle east.

MIC:  Uhhh what do we do now sir?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

Putin: Russia would like to join NATO to help solve the world's real problems such as defeating ISIS and creating stability in the middle east.

 

MIC:  Uhhh what do we do now sir?

Little known fact: The Warsaw Pact was formed after the US, British, and French governments rejected the request of the USSR to join NATO.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Pact#Beginnings

ReignDeer's picture

For what? You really don't get the basic fact that

WAR IS A RACKET?

moron..

skirmish's picture

My gf and I are currently in St Petersburg and going to Estonia in 2 days. We see zero reason for America or any white country to be at war with Russia. Apart from the language barrier there is nothing but an awesome country here. We love it and could easily live here. Moscow is not the most cosmopolitan city and its very business like but still, in the airport after landing, we were 100% certain that we should be friends of Russia! 

Ask me anything about Russia and ill try to find out! 

johngaltfla's picture

And it's a complete joke. Russia knows we are a paper tiger now.

flaminratzazz's picture

Last century's armor against this century's missiles..

what could possibly go wrong?

Manthong's picture

The last place I would want to be in a dust-up with Russia is in a piece of mobile “armor”.

Ignatius's picture

No shit.  It's one thing to dodge artillery fire, another thing entirely to be in a missile magnet.

flaminratzazz's picture

you wont be cashing many paychecks

HowdyDoody's picture

On the bright side, in 70 years, they won't have to bother digging Abrams out of the taiga because they won't last that long.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG3jYYvTXNc&t=27m5s

Mtnoise255's picture

Guess what? Most of Russia's armor was built in the 80's.

cossack55's picture

Well, it will be easier to paddle to Sweden from there rather than Pianosa Island

Ignatius's picture

Theatre... of the absurd.

indaknow's picture

Trump tweet 2/08/17 05:30am NOT SURE HOW SURROUNDING RUSSIA MAKES THE WORLD SAFE.  DUMB POLICY.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Great Scott!  You have the flux capacitor.

scv's picture

nato reminds me of black and white photos in the 19th century

onwisconsinbadger's picture

Estonia is going to pay for it. Special tariff on mail order brides. Sad !

TeethVillage88s's picture

So pretty much a skeleton crew and equipment.

More than 50 units of US military equipment, including four battle tanks and 15 infantry fighting vehicles, were delivered to Tapa,... If it is just a few guys then why do it if you can't practice, maneuver, shoot, repair.

Seems like a Brigade of Airborne would need much more than 50 assets to drive around.

3,000 piece and NATO force, now you got something.

Costs? Often you need to repair anything off a boat or transport.

- Petrol
- Food, toilets, showers, tents or living quarters
- Maintenance facilities
- Gun Range, big gun range for cannons, arty, AAA,
- Contracts with Defense Industry

FreeShitter's picture

Mad dog gonna get us all killed.......but his banker bosses need war for thier boss, satan and to refinance the debt.....you all thought trump was different?

RawPawg's picture

But,But...

Trump an Vlad are BFF's

Genby's picture

4 battle tanks? That's just an easy target practice for T-14.

stant's picture

Just bait . The plan is to drop all our worn out humvees on them. Saw the training film last year

shovelhead's picture

Bu-but we thought humvees could fly!

Squid Viscous's picture

lets get it on -  GI Janes!!!

Stan522's picture

Why is this bullshit still going on.....?

This was obama's war.........

FreeShitter's picture

This is the bankers' war.....obama just blew reggie and played 18.