America is committed to the NATO Operation Atlantic Resolve
The news follows the positioning of tanks, helicopters and another 500 troops to Romania, earlier this week.
The US defence ministry said: “Joint drills and training at Novo Selo training range will be increased this year. The US army troops will be rotated for the drills.”
In a statement, the US Defence Department added: "The movement of equipment and troops into and around Europe marks the beginning of a continuous rotation of armoured brigade combat teams from the United States as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
"Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued US commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.”
Trump has demanded the return of Crimea
Last summer, NATO members agreed to boost its NATO presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltic region to levels not seen since the Cold War – posting four rotating multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.
Trump has demanded the “return of Crimea” and an end to violence in the region according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer as the White House gets tough with Putin.
Troops and hardware have been arriving in Eastern Europe
Spicer said: “His ambassador to the United Nations, stood before the UN Security Council on her first day and strongly denounced the Russian occupation of Crimea.
“President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to de-escalate violence in Ukraine and return Crimea.”
2,800 pieces of US military hardware and 4,000 troops arrived in Europe as part of the operation
Since 2014, Washington officials have used Operation Atlantic Resolve to demonstrate their commitment to the collective security of Europe in the view of alleged Russian “assertiveness”.
In January, 2,800 pieces of US military hardware, including Abrams tanks, Paladin artillery, and Bradley fighting vehicles, and 4,000 troops arrived in Europe as part of the operation.
4,000 NATO troops take part in Lithuania’s largest exercise near Russia’s border Mon, November 28, 2016
Eleven NATO countries have sent 4,000 troops to Lithuania, the largest Baltic nation, to participate in this year’s Iron Sword exercises. The war games are meant to test the country’s ability to rapidly deploy a large number of troops.
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Members of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade fire blanks from a machine gun during a simulated attack
Moscow has criticised the expansive NATO military buildup on its borders, saying it increases the risk of incidents and poses a threat to Russian national security.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov said: “This deployment is, of course, a threat for us, it is obvious that the steps by NATO gravely increase the risk of incidents.”
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