Following Crimea's reunification with Russia, the US launched Operation Atlantic Resolve, staging increasing numbers of military exercises in states which border Russia, as well as in the Black Sea. In March 2014, the situation escalated after the US launched a series of exercises in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, all of which border Russia.
One of the groups of vehicles from US Army convoy was forced to stop as a Stryker armored vehicle broke down during US military convoy was passing through the Czech Republic territory.
The military operation undertaken by the US army to show its military capabilities in the Baltic and Eastern European regions has met with opposition from various groups in the Czech Republic.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO was increasing its presence among eastern European states adding that "this is only the beginning."
Polish Minister of Defense Tomasz Siemoniak said that Poland hopes for more American or NATO forces to be deployed in the country.
The Czech military announced that it has singled out areas where protests are likely to occur as a result of the US military march across the continent, as opposition has been growing to the plans.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said that the government approved the passage of the US military equipment and troops through the the Czech Republic's territory from March 29 to April 1, who will be returning from exercises in Poland and the Baltic states to their base in Germany.
The United States Army will send a convoy of American soldiers and military vehicles through Eastern European countries near Russia’s western border, despite Moscow’s repeated expression of concern over NATO’s expansion of forces in the region.
Deputy Defense Minister Antonov explained the nature of Russian combat readiness drills on Thursday, and offered his critique of US exercises taking place at Russia's borders.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Monday said the Czech government agreed to allow a US military convoy to pass across the country’s territory.
The US European Command said that a US Patriot missile battery and Poland’s third Warsaw Air Defense Missile Brigade were expected to take part in the drills that are part of Operation Atlantic Resolve in late March.
Over 13,000 Estonian servicemen and US soldiers, along with US tanks and armor, will partake in joint military exercises in the Baltic nation.
The Estonian Air Force is set to carry out joint military exercises with the US Air Force beginning next week, an event the Estonian Air Force commander has dubbed "the sound of freedom over our skies."
US Abrams tanks with personnel, as well as two groups of US paratroopers will arrive in the Estonian town of Tapa at the end of this week to participate in the Siil 2015 (the Hedgehog 2015) international military exercises, the General Staff of the country's Defense Forces said Tuesday.
Latvia received a consignment of US military hardware as part of the ongoing Operation Atlantic Resolve designed to bolster the region’s defenses against imaginary “Russian aggression.”
According to the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Defense, US troops will not be permanently stationed in the country. NATO’s Operation Atlantic Resolve works to hold more joint military drills between the United States and its European allies.
Polish Ministry of National Defense said that a battery of US Patriot missile systems will arrive in Poland at the end of March to take part in NATO military exercises.
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According to the US Department of State, the US hopes to enhance US-Bulgaria cooperation in the defense, energy security, rule of law and in other fields.
In addition to sending forces to Romania and Bulgaria, the US will potentially expand its presence to Hungary, Georgia, and at some point the Czech Republic, Brigade Commander of the US 173rd Airborne Colonel Michael Foster said.