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Ashton Carter: US Eyes Increased Force in Poland, Baltic States

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said that the U.S. government and its allies look to increase the presence of troops in the Baltic states and in Poland in a bid to counter threats from Russia, DoD Buzz reported Tuesday.

Richard Sisk writes Carter told reporters Tuesday in Stuttgart, Germany, that the goal is to deploy an additional 4,000 forces in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

The report said Carter accused Russia of waging nuclear threats in what he says is an attempt to break the NATO alliance, according to the report.

“Russia has in recent years appeared intent to erode the principled international order that has served us, our friends and allies, the international community, and Russia itself so well for so long,” he noted.

Breaking Defense reported Tuesday Peter Cook, a Defense Department spokesman, said DoD vows to continue efforts to defeat the Islamic State militant group in light of the death of a U.S. soldier in Iraq.

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