US Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno has warned Russia not to create a crisis in Eastern Europe, saying his country is prepared for any possible conflict.
“We hope that the Russians wouldn’t (create a crisis), but we always must be prepared,” the general told the Wall Street Journal.
Gen. Odierno also noted that the United States is planning to increase its presence in the eastern European countries, deploying more weapons and soldiers in the region.
The general said the army would station tanks and other heavy equipment in Germany and add more “regionally aligned” US-based forces to Europe.
Washington is considering deploying extra tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles in the countries in the Baltics in order to accelerate deployments to Europe in a crisis, Gen. Odierno said.
“It would allow us to reinforce quickly, if we had to reinforce NATO,” he said.
The new report comes amid ongoing tensions between the US and Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
The Pentagon announced earlier that about 250 tanks and other armored vehicles will be placed in Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.
The United States accuses Russia of sending troops into eastern Ukraine in support of the pro-Russian forces, an allegation denied by the Kremlin.
In an interview with Press TV on Thursday, international lawyer Barry Grossman said there are people in the United States who are seeking a military conflict with Russia for their own economic profits.
“There are many people in the US establishment who would be ecstatic about a shooting war with Russia since that would send the US economy and their own profits in to overdrive,” Grossman said.
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