00:54 GMT25 November 2020
Listen Live
    Military & Intelligence
    Get short URL
    NATO Seeks Expansion to Eastern Europe (362)

    US M1 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles can participate in NATO drills in Hungary.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US Army could send M1 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles to Hungary "in the near future" to participate in NATO military exercises in 2016, Hungarian Napi Gazdasag newspaper reported Wednesday.

    NATO has increased the number and size of its military exercises in Europe since spring 2014, basing its motivation on allegations of alleged "Russian aggression" against Ukraine. Moscow has denied these claims and has repeatedly expressed concern over the potentially destabilizing influence of increased NATO military activity along Russia’s borders.

    According to the newspaper, US forces will take part in Hungary’s 2015 Brave Warrior drills and a separate crossing exercise on the Danube river.

    In June, Western media reported that the United States was considering deployment of its military hardware in Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Estonia and, possibly, Hungary.

    The idea of stationing US tanks in Hungary was first discussed in February, during a visit by Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commanding general of US Army Europe, the newspaper said.

    NATO Seeks Expansion to Eastern Europe (362)


    Kremlin Questions Saakashvili’s Credibility After Claims About Putin, NATO
    Russia’s Tu-95 Bear Still Haunts NATO Generals – French Media
    NATO Members to Ditch Each Other in Case of War - Poll
    NATO Drills in Ukraine Threaten Peace Settlement - Russian Foreign Ministry
    NATO, military drills, M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle, M1 Abrams tank, Hungary, US
    Community standardsDiscussion