Published on Apr 1, 2016
Russia has slammed NATO for planning to deploy more forces near its borders in Eastern Europe. Russian ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko said deploying a surplus armored brigade runs counter to the Russia-NATO Founding Act. He said Moscow does not accept attempts to justify the deployment of more NATO forces on the basis of rotation. His comments come as the Pentagon says it will begin continuous rotations of an additional armored brigade of about 4200 in Eastern Europe beginning in early 2017. A top US general also says NATO and Pentagon are switching their defense doctrine from assurance to deterrence in Eastern Europe.