Obama has deployed US Special Forces troops to Lithuania’s border with Russia as tensions between Washington and the Kremlin reach Cold War levels.
It all occurs amid reports Vladimir Putin is building up a nuclear arsenal in the Russian province of Kaliningrad, which borders Poland, Belarus and Lithuania.
Lithuanian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Asta Galdikaite confirmed that America has offered additional military support.
Galdikaite states, “The United States was the first to offer additional safety assurance measures to the Baltic countries following the deterioration of the security situation in the region after the annexation of the Crimea”.
She added: “US Special Forces presence in Lithuania is one of the deterrents” against military threats by Putin’s aggressive regime, reports the Express.
American troops now have a “persistent” presence in the Baltic states, according to US military chief Gen. Raymond T. Thomas, as the US develops increasingly close ties with countries bordering Russia.
Gen. Thomas, the head of the Pentagon’s Special Operations Command, said: “They’re scared to death of Russia… they are very open about that.
“They’re desperate for our leadership.”
A spokesperson for the president said: “Given the changing geopolitical environment, the active role that the United States plays in Europe and the region continues to provide the most reliable security guarantees for the Baltic states and for the whole trans-Atlantic community.”
Tensions are compounded by Obama’s constant accusations that Russia hacked DNC computers in order to help Trump defeat Hillary in the November election. WikiLeaks has persistently denied that the Russian state was the souse of their leaked documents.
Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two compounds this week claiming “aggressive activities” from Moscow and it has severely deteriorated relations between Russia and the US, however Putin has stated he will wait until Trump takes office before he worries much.
United States Special Forces are components of the Department of Defense’s United States Special Operations Command.
The U.S. military definition of Special Forces according to the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms is “Those Active and Reserve Component forces of the Military Services designated by the Secretary of Defense and specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct and support special operations.
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