North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, including the United States and Britain, on Wednesday pledged to increase their military presence in Eastern Europe to levels rivaling the Cold War to counter Russian aggression.
Meanwhile, Nato has chose to send 4,000 troops, planes, tanks and artillery to former Soviet republics in the Baltics and to Poland next year. The United States plans to deploy an armored force of around 900 soldiers to Poland, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry this morning dismissed suggestions from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that a Russian group in the Mediterranean would join the bombardment of Syria's Aleppo as "absurd".
As Britain plans to move 800 soldiers to Estonia by May next year as part of Nato's pledge to defend its eastern flank, the organisation's secretary general Jens Stoltenberg insisted it was not a bid to start a new Cold War.
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The U.K., Germany, Canada and other allies had also committed to contribute to a 4,000-strong ground force in the Baltic states and Eastern Europe, which aims to check Russian belligerence in the region.
Poland has already registered unease over Russia's move to bolster military options in its Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, including the arrival of the Iskander missile system.
"It's a major sign of the US commitment to strengthening deterrence here", said Carter. The United States says the facility will defend against any ballistic missile attacks from Iran, not Russian Federation.
After reports that this Russian flotilla would stop in Ceuta, the Spanish-ruled port city on the north coast of Africa, for refueling, the NATO powers exerted enormous pressure on the Spanish government to refuse to allow the Russian warships to dock there. And Russia continues to destabilize eastern Ukraine with military and financial support for the separatists. British warplanes are also being sent to Romania. In June, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that "NATO and the USA have deployed about 1,200 pieces of military equipment" as well as "more than 1,000 soldiers" in Eastern Europe and added that the deployment of U.S. anti-missile defense systems (ABM) in Eastern Europe is a source of particular concern for the Russian military.
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Experts are concerned. Brooks Tigner of Jane's Defence Weekly says NATO's deployment, especially near Russia's borders, could lead to new friction.
They will be led by the US, Britain, Canada and Germany.
"Despite all the talk about openness to dialogue, in fact, at the present stage Nato's focus is primarily on the development and deepening of the policy of comprehensive military and political containment of Russia", Grushko said.
"We will continue to strive for a more cooperative and constructive relationship with Russian Federation".
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In a statement, Spain's foreign affairs ministry said Russia withdrew the request after the ministry had asked the Russian Embassy in Madrid to clarify reports the flotilla might participate in military operations against the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.