The United States has assigned 3 B-52 nuclear bombers to participate in military exercises with NATO companions in the Baltic area in the middle of increased tensions with Russia.
“The deployment demonstrates the United States’ ability to project its flexible, long-range global strike capability,” the US Strategic Command mentioned in a statement on Friday.
Dozens of ships and aircraft from 17 countries are taking part in Baltic Sea naval drills as part of exercise BALTOPS, which began on Friday and will run through June 20.
Overall, 5,600 troops, 49 ships, 61 aircraft and a submarine will be included in the US-led military exercises.
The war game occurs as Washington tries to reassure European allies in the middle of increased tensions with Russia over the problems in Ukraine.
Russia percives the drills as an sign of NATO’s encroachment on its borders and has prepared a sequence of large-scale military exercises over the past months in the Baltic, Black Sea and Arctic area to show its military power.
The Obama administration is contemplating new “deterrence strategies” to stop Russia from meddling in Europe.
The strategy consists of increasing militaries of allies and potential partners, broadening the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and enhanced training exercises, The Wall Street Journal accounts.
The actions originate from a acknowledgement that sanctions alone have failed to make Russian President Vladimir Putin change path.
“It’s clear the sanctions are working on the Russian economy, but what is not apparent is that that effect on his economy is deterring Putin from following the course that was evidenced in Crimea last year,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter stated Friday in Germany.
US President Barack Obama meets with leaders of European allies this weekend in Germany, where he is likely to push for a more robust position against Moscow.