US getting closer to Eastern countries
As events are heating up in Eastern Europe, and especially in Ukraine, concerns are raisings about the next move. Putin must be having a laugh as he played very well his first move on the chess board, contemplating the western allies still wondering what has happened in Crimea and Ukraine. What”s the next move? Getting closer to Eastern European allies is the answer. That’s why the United States has begun a new military exercise with Estonia amid no indication of a Russian troop pullback from its border with Ukraine. Pentagon Spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren announced today that Exercise Spring Storm began earlier this week. At the same time, he said there has been no change in the Russian posture along the country’s border with Ukraine, despite statements yesterday by President Vladimir Putin that Russian forces would pull back from the area. Spring Storm is the latest exercise announced by the Pentagon since Russia annexed Crimea in March and is aimed at reassuring the region of NATO’s resolve. Warren called the exercise with the NATO ally “the first of three annual, multinational and bilateral exercises that will occur in the Baltic region,” with U.S. Special operations forces training with their Estonian counterparts. Two more bilateral special operations exercises — Flaming Sword and Namejs — will be held over the next two months. More information about these exercises will become available later, Warren said. There are 41 personnel participating in Exercise Spring Storm, officials said. Exercise Flaming Sword will involve 140 personnel.