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US to increase military support to Poland, Baltic: Hagel

Published on Mar 5, 2014 11:39 PM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States plans to expand military cooperation with Poland and Baltic states to show "support" for its allies after Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday.

"This morning the Defence Department is pursuing measures to support our allies," including expanded aviation training in Poland and increasing the US role in Nato's air policing mission over Baltic countries, Mr Hagel told lawmakers.

At the same hearing, General Martin Dempsey, the US military's top officer, said he had spoken to his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov, earlier on Wednesday, urging "restraint."

Mr Hagel also said Nato's top commander and head of the US European Command, General Philip Breedlove, planned to confer with Central and Eastern European defence chiefs.

 
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