Commander of U.S. European Command Gen. Philip Breedlove said in the Latvian capital Riga Thursday, March 31, Censor.NET reports citing Defense News.
The United States and NATO are switching their defense policy from "assurance" to "deterrence" in Eastern Europe, this is how the top U.S. general commented on Pentagon's intentions to deploy an additional 4,200-strong armored brigade in Eastern Europe in 2017.
According to Breedlove, such actions come as response to Russia's foreign policy in the region.
"To the east and north we face a resurgent and aggressive Russia, and as we have continued to witness these last two years, Russia continues to seek to extend its influence on its periphery and beyond," he said.
As reported, the American armored brigade will be stationed alternately in Eastern European member states of the Alliance. Defense ministers of Latvia and Lithuania welcomed the decision, while Russia threatened with asymmetric actions in response.