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US tanks arrive in Latvia to ward off ‘perceived’ Russian threat (VIDEO)

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A waste of time and money as Russia has already turned eastward and given up on a sensible Europe. Its posture towards Europe will defensive not offensive.
Men and machines run on scarce American dollars.


U.S. soldiers deployed in Latvia sit in an Abrams tank during a drill at Adazi military base October 14, 2014 - Image: Reuters/Ints Kalnins


US tanks arrive in Latvia to ward off ‘perceived’ Russian threat (VIDEO)


RT
16 October 2014

US tanks have arrived in Latvia as NATO flexes its muscles in an apparent show of strength towards Moscow. The machines are being deployed across the Baltic States and Poland over the next two weeks and will be used for training exercises.

The 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood in Texas, was deployed in Adazi, not far from the Latvian capital of Riga. 150 soldiers used five M1A2 Abrams tanks, as well as 11 Bradley Fighting Vehicles in a training demonstration.

The commander of the 1st Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division, John Di Giambattista said, "This is more than just a training mission. This is more than just a trip across the Atlantic; this is more than a multinational training exercise. This is how we demonstrate our nations' commitment to reassure our NATO allies," Reuters reports





Latvians, as well as their Baltic neighbors and Poland have welcomed the deployment of the troops and tanks as a deterrent to the perceived threat of Russia. This is one of the largest placements of US military forces into part of the former Soviet Union.

Martins Liberts, who is the Commander of the Latvian Infantry Brigade, said that it was good for his country’s army to work with up to date military equipment.

"To be honest, since independence, we have not had the chance to work with tanks as allies, but we will do that now. It will be a unique experience," he said, according to Reuters.

#FirstTeam's 2-8 CAV has taken over the mission in Poland and in the Baltics. #LiveTheLegendpic.twitter.com/fPzlVzcQOP

— 1st Cavalry Division (@1stCavalryDiv) October 13, 2014

The Abrams M1A2 is an upgrade of the Abram M1A1, which was used in combat during the 1991 Gulf War. The Abrams are armed with a M256A1 120mm smooth bore cannon, while they also feature one M240 7.62mm machine gun.The combat force consists of around 700 troops and 20 tanks.

“The purpose is to be a very visible demonstration of commitment to our allies. We may take slightly longer to deploy than lighter forces, but there’s nothing like a tank if you really want to achieve effect,” said Captain John Farmer, public affairs officer for Ironhorse, as the 1st Cavalry Division is otherwise known in early October, before the deployment was made.


U.S, soldiers deployed in Latvia with the 1st Cavalry Division 1st Brigade Combat team, attend a rotation ceremony at Adazi military base October 14, 2014 - Image: Reuters/Ints Kalnins


The 1st Cavalry Division will replace a number of lightly armed US paratroopers, who were deployed in March, following a referendum in Crimea, where local residents elected to cede from Ukraine and saw the peninsula becoming part of Russia.

The 1st Cavalry Division has a long history, having been formed in 1921. Since then the division fought in the Second World War, as well as subsequently in Korea and Vietnam. In the 21st Century, the unit has been involved in tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. The division has also hit the big screen, having appeared in the American Vietnam War epic, Apocalypse Now.


U.S. soldiers deployed in Latvia perform during a drill at Adazi military base October 14, 2014 - Image:Reuters/Ints Kalnins


These are not the first tanks to have been deployed in Europe since the end of the Cold War. In January this year, 29 Abrams M1A2 tanks were sent to Germany to replace older versions of the same military vehicles.

The Abrams tanks will join 33 M2A3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles as well as numerous other heavy support vehicles that will be positioned at Grafenwohr, which is around 220 kilometers north of Munich and used for training exercises.


U.S. soldiers deployed in Latvia perform during a drill at Adazi military base October 14, 2014 - Image: Reuters/Ints Kalnins


The deployment of the 1st Cavalry Division in Latvia is a direct result of an agreement for creating a rapid reaction force in Eastern Europe, following the NATO summit in the UK in September.

“This is a demonstration of our solidarity and resolve,” said former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the summit in Cardiff in early September. "Should you even think of attacking one ally, you will be facing the whole alliance,” the former Danish Prime Minister added.

The Baltic States have been among the most vocal advocates of NATO strengthening in the region, but the organization is bound by a 1997 agreement with Russia, which bars it from placing permanent bases in Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia. This can be circumvented by staging constant rotations of “exercises” that can in practice amount to the same thing.

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22 comments :

  1. Crash that Fascist USD .....

    I do not know how many times do I have emphasise the simple fact of what must be done for peace .......

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  2. The world economy breaks down if the price of oil fell below $ 80 a barrel. In Milan it said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    The Russian leader, while not considered a tragedy for the Russian budget at the current price of oil. However, it believes that its price will grow up sooner or later. Putin also assured that the Russian government will fulfill its social obligations.
    Putin also touched on the problem of Ukraine's debt for Russian gas. In his words, Moscow is unable to supply the raw material Kiev on debt.

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  3. Putin Threatens United States: Russian President Warns Of ‘Nuclear Consequences’
    http://www.inquisitr.com/1542739/putin-threatens-united-states-russian-president-warns-of-nuclear-consequences/

    As the former Soviet Union faces tough sanctions from the Obama Administration and European Union (EU) in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and incursion into Eastern Ukraine, Putin threatens the United States. The Russian president fired off more ominous rhetoric as his country’s Ruble and economy continue to suffer. Vladimir Putin warns that the continued “hostile” posturing from the West and its partners could have “nuclear consequences.”

    Putin sat for an interview with Serbian newspaper Politika this week. Among the topics discussed were the coup d’état in Ukraine, which “is a worrying example of growing neo-Nazi tendencies in Eastern Europe,” the “open manifestations” of neo-Nazism in Baltic states, and the natural gas impasse with Ukraine.

    However, one of the most stunning parts of the chat — and focus of Western Journalism’s coverage — was Putin’s subtle warning of nuclear destabilization with the West and EU partners. The Russian head has been ratcheting up talk lately about his country’s nuclear arsenal and prowess in a show of force against the U.S. superpower.

    WJ is of the belief that the war-like rhetoric from Vladmir Putin is influenced by his country’s weakened state in wake of economic and individual sanctions imposed by the Obama Administration and U.S. partners.

    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1542739/putin-threatens-united-states-russian-president-warns-of-nuclear-consequences/#L29K8PxlFC6H9vFF.99

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    1. That means that Putins rhetoric shifted little bit more radicle .... he must speak also for entire Russian think tank .... if he says so, it is because he has to deliver the message ....

      ...it is all Russia stand.

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      It does not sound good......

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    2. A ship of fools, hell bent on pushing their timeline of total destruction...game over...we're on a different timeline and they can't seem to change the dynamics...instead they keep pushing a hoax pandemic keeping us preoccupied while they continue to push war/profits/and central bank placement on two regions.

      They just will not concede to defeat...they will be made to concede soon enough.

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  4. As the former Soviet Union faces tough sanctions from the Obama Administration and European Union (EU) in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and incursion into Eastern Ukraine, Putin threatens the United States. The Russian president fired off more ominous rhetoric as his country’s Ruble and economy continue to suffer. Vladimir Putin warns that the continued “hostile” posturing from the West and its partners could have “nuclear consequences.”

    Putin sat for an interview with Serbian newspaper Politika this week. Among the topics discussed were the coup d’état in Ukraine, which “is a worrying example of growing neo-Nazi tendencies in Eastern Europe,” the “open manifestations” of neo-Nazism in Baltic states, and the natural gas impasse with Ukraine.

    However, one of the most stunning parts of the chat — and focus of Western Journalism’s coverage — was Putin’s subtle warning of nuclear destabilization with the West and EU partners. The Russian head has been ratcheting up talk lately about his country’s nuclear arsenal and prowess in a show of force against the U.S. superpower.

    WJ is of the belief that the war-like rhetoric from Vladmir Putin is influenced by his country’s weakened state in wake of economic and individual sanctions imposed by the Obama Administration and U.S. partners.

    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1542739/putin-threatens-united-states-russian-president-warns-of-nuclear-consequences/#L29K8PxlFC6H9vFF.99

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  5. Sweden deploys troops near Stockholm due to alleged underwater threat.....

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    It has been promoted in news linked alongside of incident with Soviet sub that got into Swedish waters and got stuck early 80s ......

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    In my judgment ---- Carl Bildt and Reindfelt are NAZI thugs .... and Sweden plays very much dirty tricks against Russia on behalf of NATO....

    .....Might be real provocation but done by NATO thugs from CIA black ops ..... to triggers something here blaming it on Russia.....

    .....For Russia to go into Stockholm is a pointless things .... Sweden is totally useless for Russia, insignificant at last, there is no reason Russians should risk anything like this in these tense days ....

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    1. It might had been Russians .... just testing how far they can get ..... as they tested airspace by US airspace wight their bombers .....

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      Situation is not good.....

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  6. What's the scrap-value of an Abrams tank?

    Russian Kornet Anti-Tank Missile: World's Most Powerful Anti-Tank Missile - Míssil Anti-Tanque

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUJSaeE3EKY

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    1. It is heavy Valdi....but it does not need to go this way....I still hope that this does not need to end up in WW3....

      ....UK has multiple cases to use to leave NATO at the spot....and dump USD.....

      ....Churchill was not afraid to take offered stretched arm of Russians and it paid off, since then there was no one who would measure up to him. If it was possible to work together in the 40s and NAZI were defeated by UK stand....so that the ------ are they doing now. HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF.

      UK should take a stand with RUSSIA to defeat NAZI thugs one more time.......

      I keep preaching this for long enough to get this message across ......, if Churchill was today here .... he works with PUTIN hand in hand to clean up this mess....

      Instead we hear from UK .... accusation based on bias lies that shout to heaven.....injustice....and other thing that UK can boast of is pedophilia scandal .... REAL MAN ..... hoarding showing muscle in front of children...what the ----- is with UK?

      UK needs Churchill to join Russia to clean up NAZI - ZIO global fascist!!!!!!! Kick out Cameron, make him to resign this Sunday and get there a real man.....

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  7. USA must be broke to pieces .... USD must be crashed .... only this can usher cleansing of NAZI.....

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  8. Vlastimil,

    I'm not cheerleading either side in a war in which everyone would lose; in fact I detest every so-called advance in modern weaponry when technology should be used for the benefit of the whole of mankind. That said, I think the ability of Russia and China to defend their nations has so far deterred an all-out attack by the West, as it did during the cold war. If the American people had experienced on the mainland the kind of terror and destruction their government and military have been inflicting on other nations, they wouldn't be so indifferent to the suffering or so passive in allowing it to continue. Their belief in exceptionalism and full spectrum dominance is currently one of the greatest threats to our existence.

    I don't want to see the United States and the EU collapse into third-world economies. I want to see the war-criminals Bush, Blair, Clinton, Obama, Netanyahu and the rest of the festering, corrupt, psychopathic cohorts arrested, charged, tried and pitchforked....

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    1. I understand Valdi .....

      One has still kind of hope that West will come to senses, then one says, it will be good.

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      I am afraid that West will not come to sense....., unless broke down.....there is none in UK who would measure Churchill ...,

      UKIP? Farage plays very important role he is brave to speak up but he might not the man to measure up big dogs....

      But it means to wait if they will get into the driving seat.....meanwhile UK keeps blocking any peace in Ukraine or Syria....people die and suffer...

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  9. http://en.ria.ru/world/20141019/194285557/OSCE-Refuses-to-Use-German-UAVs-for-Monitoring-in-Ukraine.html

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    West does all possible to block any peace resolution in Ukraine and Syria.....systematically they obscure any efforts of Russia to bring peace in Ukraine..

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    Fascist West has to go....crash USD and EURO.....

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  10. Putin in Serbia said as it is....
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    Washington will never come to senses....they had chance to do that...they were given sings and help.....As a result they do more evil...

    Washington and EU Westerner countries are evil .... and if there are sheeple who are not pure evil then they are indifferent which helps not.....

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    Has any country, anywhere on the fact of the earth, at any period of history been so totally misruled as the United States?

    Americans need to understand that their government is not merely incompetent and immoral, but that it is evil. Washington hides behind moral language but is itself devoid of moral conscience. There is no evil of which Washington is incapable. Those who support Washington support evil.

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/17/382580/putin-speaks-hope-that-washington-hears/

    In an interview this week with Politika, a Serbian newspaper, Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, said that it is futile and dangerous for the US and its European puppets to blackmail Russia and that the Exceptional Nation and its vassals should consider the risks that are inherent in aggressive disputes between countries heavily armed with nuclear weapons.

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  11. I take Fulford lightly ...but he mentioned to US default will be held till 17 of this month...

    Are we expecting Black Monday?

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  12. MOSCOW, October 19 (RIA Novosti) - The goal of Western sanctions is to force to change the position of the Russian Federation on the key and fundamental issues, and not to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
    "Our partners, who actually imposed the sanctions, do not hide the fact that the goal of these measures is not Ukraine. Essentially, in their statements and actions the true purpose of the restrictions are seen - to make over Russia, to change its position on the key issues of fundamental importance to us and to get [Russia] to take the position of the West," Lavrov said in a show on Russia’s NTV channel.

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    Break that fascist USD and EURO to pieces....those filthy dogs never ever consider any mutual co-operation with other nations.....they must be wipe out....

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  13. Russia has very right to NUKE fascist NATO EU countries and of course USA -----

    Anything other is merciful dealing with fascist decadence of Westerner countries by Russia, then you are surprise that Russia soldiers are like wild animals when the hit comes......

    Of course they....what did Hitler Germany did to Russia in Leningrad...or other places....the anger grows to unstoppable tsunami so it will be today....

    All Russians know who is behind Chechenya or Georgia war or Ukraine.....Russians in East Ukraine are being genocide systematically .... what do you think Russian soldiers think about that? All supported by West.....they will come like wild dog ripping apart what is on their way.....and rightly so for West kept doing this to them at first....Madness is growing up.....

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  14. Atrocious things are being done in the name of American people ..... though they for the most have no idea what is being done .... they believe in something that does not exist .... how is it possible? (In case that Jesus of Nazareth story was remade and reshaped in the 4th century and people today believe something about Jesus that was never part of his life....) then it is possible that American people believe in something that just does not exist......

    Beliefs might be dispatched that far from reality that it is impossible to say what is reality...this is what MSM work on very hard together with cabal fascist....

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    As the WW2 was understood by Russia that is it done in the name of Germans, so today it is the same story......world perceives that all those wars we witness are done in the name of Americans and Western Europeans .....

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    Break the fascist USD to save Americans.....

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  15. Lavrov articulates it even better here.....

    Lavrov: West’s ‘colonial-style’ sanctions on Russia have little to do with Ukraine...

    Making Russia change its stance by way of sanctions is outdated thinking in an age when diversity of opinion is supposed to be appreciated, Foreign Minister Lavrov believes. He says Russia is already “doing more than anybody else” to help Ukraine.

    “This is a common thing for the US – a consumerist approach to international relations. They believe that they have the right to punish the countries that act contrary to Washington’s vision, while demanding cooperation in other issues vital for the US and its allies.”

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  16. John

    In my humble opinion every Russian understands that Rotten-child is not Chinese, they understand that UK shields him and his activities.....
    ....they can also read papers and in those papers politics of last 20 years of UK (actually since WW2) speaks volumes high up.....and from Osborn or Blair to Cameron ..... never came a word friendly to Russia.....

    .....the fact that few of us understand that in UK there is some hidden power that is more balanced......beside us nobody in public cares about that, so won't Russian soldiers..... politicians speak on behalf of country, this is how public perceives the game...

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    UK should leave NATO latest a year ago.....they should have said that UK has nothing to do with NAZI revival and this would be the last word, Churchill would do it.

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  17. Lavrov - Russia US relations were dead even before Ukraine

    PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, October 19. /TASS/. Relations between Russia and the United States reached a dead end long before the Ukrainian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the NTV television channel.

    http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/755217

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    Kill that fascist USD before something worse will happen.....

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