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Saturday, October 18, 2014

The USA sends tanks and troops to Latvia

Four Simple Foreign Police Rules
Bernard Woolley:   What if the Prime Minister insists we help them?
Sir Humphrey Appleby:  Then we follow the four-stage strategy.
Bernard Woolley:  What's that?
Sir Richard Wharton:  Standard Foreign Office response in a time of crisis.
Sir Richard Wharton:  In stage one we say nothing is going to happen.
Sir Humphrey Appleby:  Stage two, we say something may be about to happen, but we should do nothing about it.
Sir Richard Wharton:  In stage three, we say that maybe we should do something about it, but there's nothing we can do.
Sir Humphrey Appleby:  Stage four, we say maybe there was something we could have done, but it's too late now.

From Yes, Prime Minister - A Victory for Democracy

The United States will send four tanks, 12 infantry combat vehicles and 150 troops to Latvia in order to bolster the security of the Baltic nations, a spokesperson for the Latvian Ministry of Defense Kaspars Galkins said Thursday.

The Latvian military official said that a squadron of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade, stationed at a military base in Adazi, will be replaced a same-level unit of the 1st Cavalry US Army Division, consisting of two squadrons, one of them equipped with 12 Bradley infantry combat vehicles and the other one with four Abrams tanks reports the Baltic Review.

The US military will be engaged in training Latvian and other NATO member nations’ troops, Galkins added.

In April, Washington sent troops to Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to support its NATO allies amid the Ukrainian crisis.

During his September visit to Estonia, US President Barack Obama reassured the Baltic nation with support from Washington over alleged Russian aggressive foreign policy toward Ukraine.

Estonia currently stations over 150 US troops from 173rd Airborne Brigade, with the country’s Defense Ministry also saying the United States will replace them with 1st Cavalry US Army Division personnel, tanks and combat vehicles.

173rd Airborne Brigade in Afghanistan.

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