The United States made it clear that it sees Russia as a threat along with China. Just as tensions continue to rise in the European part of the globe, the United States sent sixteen Air Force F-15C Eagles to Amari air base in Estonia for training exercises. Can the U.S. deter Russia, or will efforts be futile?
US Sends F-15 Eagles for War
The buildup of Russian forces along the borders of Ukraine has sparked concerns that a new World War could be in tow. The United States, being one of the most vocal against Moscow, made it clear that it will do what it takes to keep Vladimir Putin at bay. This includes sending Air Force F-15C Eagles to Amari air base in Estonia for training exercises with air force from other countries such as Estonia, Swdeden, United Kingdom and Finland.
The deployment will happen from Aug. 15 to Sept. 2, 2016 and will include 12 F-15s from the 493rd Fighter Squadron and four from the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. Around 300 personnel will also be onboard.
“We’ve combined our forces here to get 16 F-15C Eagles on the ramp as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve in order to help reassure our allies and NATO partners while at the same time providing us with a unique training opportunity,” Stars and Stripes quoted Lt. Col. Jason Zumwalt, commander of the 493rd Fighter Squadron.
Russia Surrounding Ukraine?
Pentagon also confirmed that Russia forces have been amassing near Ukraine. There were as many as 40,000 Russian troops, including tanks, armored vehicles, and air force units positioned near Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia.
“Russian units will likely practice reinforcing the [Crimean] peninsula through such activities as amphibious landings and air defense exercises, and this may involve the change out of equipment and long convoys of military vehicles,” the Washington Free Beacon quoted a defense official.