The United States(US) military plans to dispatch and to store heavy weapons in the Baltic states and in Eastern Europe as a deterrent to Russian aggression.
Nordic and Baltic states, along with much of Eastern Europe and Western Europe, have voiced concern over their security based upon increase Russian activity in the region. The Nordic states have declared Russia a threat to their security and to that end, the group has reaffirmed its cooperation with member states along with increased solidarity with the Baltic states with a view to deterring Russian aggression.
On the other hand, former Soviet states in the region that are now new members of NATO, have been calling upon the security organization to increase their defenses in the face of Russian aggression especially since Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea in March 2014, along with the continuing conflict fueled by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
In reassuring Europe's security, the New York Times newspaper, has reported on a plan by the US Pentagon to store heavy weapons, including battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, in the new NATO states as a deterrent against further Russian aggression. These nations, the New York Times reported, could include Lithuanian, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and perhaps Hungary.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter could be counted upon to green light this additional defense in support of NATO in Europe and the White House will certainly honor US pledges in support of the defense of free-Europe.
NATO defense ministers will meet later this month and the planned additional US arms will be surely welcomed by the allies. Yet, based on the size of Russian forces that have been carrying out exercises close to the Estonia border alone, NATO might consider boosting the contingent of defense arms to be placed within its new members.