Norway Wants to Double US Marines and Deploy Them Closer to Russia
Military.com ^ | June 12, 2018 | Agence France Pass
Posted on 6/13/2018, 9:35:16 AM by CondoleezzaProtege
Norway will ask the United States to double the number of U.S. troops stationed in the country and deploy them nearer the border with Russia, the government said Tuesday.
The announcement came after nine nations along NATO’s eastern flank called Friday for the alliance to bolster its presence in their region: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
Oslo said it wants to boost the troop numbers to 700 and station them further north at Setermoen, 420 kilometres (260 miles) from Russia.
The U.S. deployment agreement would also be extended from the current six-month renewable periods to five years.
“The defense of Norway depends on the support of our NATO allies, as is the case in most other NATO countries,” said Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen in a statement.
“For this support to work in times of crises and war, we are totally dependent on joint training and exercises in times of peace,” he added.
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