WASHINGTON, D.C., March 5, 2014– Today Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel alluded to ensuing American intervention after Russia’s Putin moved to occupy regions of Ukraine last week.
Defense officials later confirmed that the U.S. will send six F-15s and one KC-135 to “augment the mission” in Baltic countries. The move is an attempt to bolster American military presence in the region.
The U.S. military currently provides four F-15s to what’s known as the Baltic Air Policing rotation, which oversees the highly disputed territory. According to the official, additional aircraft will be sent from a base in Britain to Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania.
“This action comes at the request of our Baltic Allies and further demonstrates our commitment to NATO security,” the official said.
At a press conference in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry described this decision and others as “concrete steps to reassure our NATO allies” with regards to the Russian insurgency.