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Pompeo/Mattis Ramp Up Pressure On Russia Along NATO Borders And With Ukraine

The White House has obviously decided to ramp up the pressure militarily on the Russian Federation as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, work to strengthen alliances and military cooperation in Moscow’s ‘near abroad’. The massive Saber Strike exercise is being conducted currently in Poland and the Baltics to show the alliance’s resolve in confronting any perceived Russian ‘aggression’ in the area, which is heavily militarized by Russia in Kaliningrad and Western Russia. Washington is also hardening its support for the Ukrainian state in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region of East Ukraine.

The June 3-15 Saber Strike maneuvers come as Poland has indicated it is considering a proposal to host a permanent contingent of U.S. troops in the way that Germany and Italy have done since World War II, reported RFERL.

“The long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise is designed to enhance readiness and interoperability among allies and regional partners,” the U.S. Army said. It added that the U.S.-led annual maneuvers will “demonstrate the alliance’s determination and ability to act as one in response to any aggression.”

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