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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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.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Job Openings: $150,000 Great Briton pounds

Warehouse and Logistic Specialist at NATO/JFTC job with GLOBAL ...

https://www.securityclearedjobs.com/job/801817964/warehouse-and-logistic...

5 days ago ... Warehouse and Logistic Specialist at NATO/JFTC in £150000 Plus, Contract, NATO, Administration ... LOCATION: Bydgoszcz, Poland. CLIENT: ...

HowdyDoody's picture

I guess that is why they need $1000 toilet seats. They are probably pre-warmed to avoid damaging the polished buttocks of these pen pushers.

sinbad2's picture

All wars are bankers wars.

Squid Viscous's picture

Putin is their last obstacle to zio hegemony in "Middle East",

anyone who can't connect those dots is a fucking dipshit

European American's picture

Anyone who brings up:

Bankers

Zionists

Israel

as the culprits in what ever the issue is, ALWAYS WILL GET AN UP VOTE FROM ME!

shovelhead's picture

Of course. Because everybody knows the Israel in the center of the universe and the most powerful nation to ever exist in all of recorded history.

It just makes sense.

farflungstar's picture

Does Trump have anything to say about it yet?

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Dont know, but he signed off on the Yemen raid. Of course, he can have plenty to say about it now, if he wants. Lets see.

Comon Trump, get us outa there and back home so we can create some jobs. Lets stay away from Russia's borders. We wouldnt like em near ours, would we?

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Feb 7, 2017 3:41 PM

NATO is no longer necessary. Disband NATO / OTAM.

Thordoom's picture

Russians already fought back and hit US where it hurts the most. They baned Brazzers because its to detriment to human mental health.

Mike Masr's picture

http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/02/kiev-buk-missile-hits-makeevka-ukraines...

Kiev BUK missile hits Makeevka: Ukraine's Malaysian Boeing lie is now exposed (VIDEO)

Let’s see how Ukraine will comment on the presence of the infamous BUK complex in the Avdeevka area which, as it has assured, there is no such thing in Donbass.

Volkodav's picture

long ago proof

Kiev had six BUK system near shootdown

however, it is fact fighter aircraft involved

possible two...

whether BUK or not, I am not convinced

point is Kiev and others lie, coverup

 

 

European American's picture

What is wrong with PEACE?

If we truly want to take the power out of the hands of the Elite, and into the hands of the masses, then Peace is the only way.

Hear that, Donald?

TeethVillage88s's picture

1) Term limits for Congress
2) Federal Hiring Freeze
3) Each new reg, 2 must be deleted
4) 5 year lobbying ban for Whitehouse officials, Congress
5) Lifetime ban on Whitehouse officials Lobbying for Foreign Officials
6) Ban on foreign lobbyist raising money for American Elections
7) Get valid accurate data on economy, jobs, wealth, debt, banks, MIC, federal agency budgets, foreign enemy capabilities
8) Clean Out DC & Wall Street Corruption & Interest Group Corruption (TRO on McCain-Fiengold Act)
9) AND AUDIT ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES & SPENDING & the Private Federal RESERVE CENTRAL BANK... and US Stockpiles & Gold

rf80412's picture

Depends on why we want peace.  Do we want peace so we can all sit pretty and do our own things?  Or do we want peace so there can be zero barriers to the free flow of capital, goods, and people across the world?

War and peace ... stocks go up and stocks go down ... the masters of the universe are positioned to make gains either way.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Wonder how we might feel if Russian tanks were 700 miles from our border?

US tanks in Poland, Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania

Moreover, in the last NATO tank excercises, the US had two teams entered, neither of which placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. Wonder how the russia armour would have faired?

Genby's picture

An unmanned robotic version of T-14 Armata tank will be unveiled in 2018 (RIA Novosti).

Rainman's picture

In other news, Food Stamp Barry learning to kite surf

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38896417

natronic's picture

 I would label this McCain's War!!!

redc1c4's picture

4000 troops, including loggies, med support, aviation, etc, is somewhere between a Batallion & Brigade TF, and is nothing more than a demonstration. 

the force at Tapa is an Infantry heavy Company sized team, even less impressive from a RW military POV...

IOW, none of this is "preparation for war, or an invasion or anything else that the fever brains here keep coming up with...

enough with the Chicken Little routiine: it's older than Hillary

Publicus_Reanimated's picture

Thank you.  One of the problems with our modern "journalists" is they have no military experience or even a concept of how to interpret the military for their readers.

Four thousand troops is nothing.  When Hitler invaded Russia he had four MILLION troops and he still failed.

Eddie Baby's picture

One of the problems with our modern "journalists" is they have no experience or even a concept of how to interpret anything for their readers. (Edit)

dogster's picture

It would appear that Trump is merely a Jewish asset. His tool repeats the Jewish lie about "Ukrainian intervention" as does his UN ambassador.

FreeShitter's picture

Correct. Listen to his AIPAC speech....he's 100% loyal to bibi and the zio's.

Gen. Ripper's picture

We should be attacking Germany

sinbad2's picture

Estonia will be paying for this, it's a sign of how desperate the Pentagon is for money.

Mike Masr's picture

Ordinary Russians are not losing any sleep over this. This would be like Russian or Chinese tanks just over the border in Mexico.The USA could wipe them off the map in short order.

Take a look at the map. If Russia really had to they could steamroll through this like a hot knife through butter. Its really laughable and a fucking joke. It's more circus show than anything else. If it gives these 3 little paranoid piss hole baltic countries dry panties to sleep in all is good!!!   

Don't forget they have our two old warmongering neocon fools McCain & Graham visiting every couple of months to rattle their cages!!!