Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Escalation in Europe Between NATO and Russia

A series of events in Europe have caused an escalation in tensions between Russia and NATO states. On the NATO end of things, US troops have began arriving in Poland for exercises across eastern Europe. 150 troops of the 173rd Airborne Combat Brigade have arrived, with a plan to have 600 troops through Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania for the exercises. All of these countries were part of the former Soviet Union.

Russian escalations have begun with Vladimir Putin declaring Russia will intervene in eastern Ukraine if any Russian citizens are harmed. Additionally Russian bombers, identified as TU-95 Bears, approached the airspace of the United Kingdom, Denmark and Holland, causing the Dutch, British, and Danish governments to scramble jets to escort the aircraft away.

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