US transferred 9 Apache and Black Hawk helicopters to the border with Belarus
MOSCOW, (BM) – Nine American Air Force helicopters were spotted at the training ground near the Pabrade settlement in Lithuania. Then attack helicopters Apache and Black Hawk were spotted over Vilnius, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Telegraf.by.
The polygon is located at the very border with Belarus – about 10-15 kilometers.
“Representatives of the Lithuanian army, contacted by the editors, explained that seven American Apache helicopters and two Black Hawk helicopters went to the training ground in Pabradė to participate in the exercises,” the Lithuanian radio station lrt reported.
Where the helicopters came to Lithuania from is not specified.
Earlier in July, it became known that the United States is planning to deploy more of its military in Lithuania. This was stated by US Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy during his visit to Vilnius on July 17.
According to him, a battalion of American troops will arrive in Lithuania from Poland in a few months, another unit will be sent directly from the United States for training in 2022. Lithuania is one of nine NATO member states that spend at least 2% of GDP on defense.
“We intend to continue deployment in Lithuania. From which the armed forces of both our countries can mutually benefit. This level of cooperation, training, security and, ultimately, stability was made possible by Lithuania’s commitment to invest over 2% of GDP, ”said the US Army Commander.
Russia will respond if Washington deploys troops on the Polish-Belarusian border
Russia will have to take tough measures if American troops appear on the Polish-Belarusian border. This opinion was expressed by experts from China on April 30 this year.
In the context of the confrontation between Russia and NATO, Poland and Belarus have come to the fore in recent years, the importance of which is growing rapidly. It’s no secret that Warsaw considers Moscow one of its main principled opponents, due to the complex history of relations between these states.
Between them was Minsk, which is a traditional ally of the Russian Federation. It is reported by Sohu. PolitRussia presents an exclusive translation of this article.
“Poland has serious support from the United States and some of its allies. Warsaw is interested in in-depth cooperation with the Americans and the deployment of large foreign military contingents on its territory. In Russia, such a position is called controversial, as it leads to a destabilization of the situation in the region,” the authors of Sohu said.
Russia has clear agreements with NATO regarding the deployment of foreign military personnel in Poland. The United States, apparently, wants to break them. They repeatedly stated their intentions to deploy ballistic missiles and bases on the borders with Belarus on Polish territory. In addition, military maneuvers are regularly held in the region regularly, and additional forces are being deployed, including heavy equipment.
“Obviously, Minsk is starting to get nervous. Options for strengthening the country’s defensive capabilities are being considered. There are also rumors that Russian missiles may appear in Belarus,” analysts added.
Against this background, Moscow made a tough but extremely effective decision. In the Kaliningrad region were deployed tactical missile systems “Iskander”. The deployment of such powerful weapons should cool the ardor of NATO, which is not comfortable with such a neighborhood.
Thus, the Russian Federation sent a signal to its opponents, warning them of the consequences of any rash actions and provocations. Minsk believes that as soon as American troops enter Poland, Russian nuclear missiles will be immediately directed in their direction.
“Moscow will be forced to act extremely tough,” summed up experts from China.
Earlier, media quoted the American intelligence veteran Scott Ritter, who stated that 2021 could be a decisive period in relations between Russia and the United States.
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