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Russia Says NATO Is Responsible For Tensions In Europe, Report

Russia Says NATO Is Responsible For Tensions In Europe, Report
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division fired shots from M1A1 Abrams tanks at Adazi Training Area, Latvia, Nov. 6, 2014. They fired one shot for each of the Baltic states, and then a culminating shot with all three tanks firing together as a symbol of solidarity and partnership with the NATO countries. The Soldiers and their tanks are part of the U.S. Army Europe-led Operation Atlantic Resolve land force assurance training taking place across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to enhance multinational interoperability, strengthen relationships among allied militaries, contribute to regional stability and demonstrate U.S. commitment to NATO. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angela Parady.) Sgt. Angela Parady / Wikimedia Commons


Russia Says NATO Is Responsible For Tensions In Europe, Report

The parties may have already met, but that doesn’t stop Russia from accusing the NATO alliance of promoting military and political tensions throughout Europe.

The NATO summit in Warsaw gave way to a lot of decision-making concerning the security and defense of NATO allies in Europe. As part of this initiative, the alliance has decided to deploy four multinational battalions to some nations in the Baltic region, which surrounds Russia’s borders. The U.S., U.K., Germany and Canada have agreed to provide about 1,000 troops each for this initiative.

Recently, Department of Defense Principal Director for European and NATO Policy Rachel Ellehuus has testified at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee regarding the future of the European Reassurance Initiative, saying, “We will continue to move in that direction as Russia’s provocation does not change.”

Moreover, Ellehuus pointed out that Russia has recently been exercising ” irresponsible behavior” in Baltic, Black and Mediterranean seas. Recently, there have been a number of incidents involving Russia and the U.S. Navy. Ellehuus noted that Russia has been conducting a number of military exercises in recent weeks.

On the other hand, Moscow is saying that any act of aggressiveness is done on NATO’s end. Following the Russia-NATO council in Brussels, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova issued a statement, saying, “The Russian side specifically pointed to NATO’s direct responsibility for a possible further escalation of the military-political tensions on the European continent as a result of an unprecedented military buildup and bloc activity in regions bordering Russia.”

Nonetheless, according to a report from Sputnik News, Zakharova said that they put forward proposals to help “build confidence” when it comes to military confrontations in the Baltics.

“We expect a specific reaction from our colleagues, NATO representatives,” Zakharova added.

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