Thursday, October 27, 2016

NATO response to Russia largest since Cold War

Russia's military escalation on Europe's border has triggered the West's biggest show of force in the region since the Cold War. Britain is to deploy troops, tanks and jets to Estonia to deter Russian aggression while UK and Romanian forces will also join a US battalion in Poland.

RAF planes are also being dispatched to patrol Romanian airspace for the first time. The moves are designed to stop Moscow taking over or undermining its former Eastern European satellites. The US is hoping for European nations to fill four battle groups of some 4,000 troops as part of Nato's response to Russia.

More troops will be sent to the Baltic states and eastern Poland early next year.
The response comes as Russia unveiled its largest ever nuclear missile – Satan 2. The missile will have a range exceeding 11,000 kilometers (6,835 miles)
The RS-28 Sarmat rocket "is capable of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France," Russian state news outlet Sputnik reported.
Tensions between Russia and the West have deteriorated due to Moscow's indiscriminate bombing of civilians in Aleppo. Putin sent a fleet of eight Russian warships through the English Channel to assist in the assault on the besieged Syrian city.

Earlier this month, Moscow announced that it was suspending an arms reduction agreement with the US in which both countries agreed to dispose of 34 tons of plutonium, enough for thousands of nuclear bombs, over what it called Washington's "unfriendly actions"