03:30 GMT03 March 2021
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    The United States is planning to deploy some 600 paratroopers to the Baltics this fall for the duration of the Russian Zapad 2017 military exercise, US media reported on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) US Army Europe head Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said the planning is underway to reinforce NATO's eastern flank with the US paratroopers, Stars and Stripes reported. They will be stationed in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that Russia will inform Western countries of its joint military exercises dubbed Zapad-2017 ("West-2017") with Belarus via diplomatic channels.

    He added that the September 14-20 drills across Russia's northwest and Belarus would involve "considerably fewer personnel and equipment than in similar NATO maneuvers in Europe."


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