U.S. Plans to Store Heavy Weapons in Eastern Europe for First Time Since Cold War

June 14, 2015 3:51 PM

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U.S. Plans to Store Heavy Weapons in Eastern Europe for First Time Since Cold War

The Pentagon is considering a plan to store heavy weapons and equipment in Eastern Europe to reassure allies that Washington has their backs in case of Russian aggression. The equipment, which would include battle tanks and other heavy weapons that could supply as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, would represent “a very meaningful shift in policy,” James G. Stavridis, a retired admiral and the former supreme allied commander of NATO, tells the New York Times.

The plan still has to be approved by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and the White House but if it moves forward it would mark the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has chosen to store heavy military equipment in Eastern Europe. The New York Times was first to report on...

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