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US Tanks, Paratroopers to Arrive in Estonia for Military Drills This Week

Sputnik News

19:56 10.03.2015(updated 20:10 10.03.2015)

US Abrams tanks with personnel, as well as two groups of US paratroopers will arrive in the Estonian town of Tapa at the end of this week to participate in the Siil 2015 (the Hedgehog 2015) international military exercises, the General Staff of the country's Defense Forces said Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Siil 2015 military training will be held in Estonia from May 4 – 15. A total of 13,000 US and Estonian soldiers will take part in the drills.

'In addition to Abrams tanks, support equipment and other auto vehicles, as well as two groups of US paratroopers will arrive in Tapa,' Estonia's General Staff said in a statement.

Vehicles and equipment will arrive in Tapa by rail.

The presence of US soldiers in Tapa is part of operation Atlantic Resolve, which demonstrates US efforts in support of its NATO allies and partners in Europe.

More than 120 armored vehicles, including Abrams tanks and Bradley armored vehicles were delivered on Monday to Latvia from the United States.

NATO has been strengthening its military presence along Russia's western border amid the conflict in southeastern Ukraine, claiming Moscow's involvement.

Russia has repeatedly stressed that it is not party to the Ukraine crisis and has expressed concern over the expansion of NATO forces along its borders.


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