A larger US-led NATO exercise along the border of Russia is ongoing, and the exercise provokes Russia.
The ongoing military exercise called "Atlantic Resolve" is described by General Frederick "Ben" Hodges, commander of the US Army in Europe, as a "one-year continuous series of exercises from Estonia to Bulgaria," the Army Times reports. The exercise was expanded recently to include six Eastern European countries - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.
During the exercise, the US has among other things, stationed troops in the Estonian town of Narva, which is just a few hundred meters away from the Russian border. US troops this close to the Russian border is something that is perceived as very provocative in Russia.
"Thousands of US troops and hundreds of tanks has rolled into Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania during the past two months," Russia Today writes, and adds "140 NATO vehicles and 1,400 troops into Narva, just 300 meters from the Russian border."
Furthermore, Russia has stated the US have tried to isolate Russia by putting pressure on the Vietnamese authorities by not giving Russia access to their ports to try to prevent that the Russian fleet can move in the South China Sea.
The US military headquarters, the Pentagon says it is no secret who they see as their main enemy and that they are trying to put military pressure on Russia.
"The Russian decision to annex the Crimea from Ukraine and its continued threat to the eastern part of Ukraine changes the rules of the game on the continent," the Pentagon writes on its website.
General Hodges says he believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin's two goals is to create instability along the Russian border and trying to destabilize NATO - a military alliance which he sees as the "most successful alliance in the world".
The Pentagon also believes that they are in a propaganda war with the Russian President and accuses Russia of lying. “They use information like they do artillery – lots of it, continuously."
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