News ID: 117448
Published: 0848 GMT May 06, 2015

US Air Force sends warplanes to Estonia amid tensions with Russia

US Air Force sends warplanes to Estonia amid tensions with Russia

The United States has deployed four more warplanes to Estonia amid increasing tensions with Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

 

Business Insider reported at least four US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II of the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron arrived at Ämari Air Base in Estonia on April 30, Press TV reported.

The aircraft are set to stay in the European country for six months in order to reassure regional allies for Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The United States army began its military drills, called Operation Atlantic Resolve, more than one year ago following the conflict in Ukraine.

Relations between Washington and Moscow have deteriorated over Ukraine.

The United States accuses Russia of sending troops into eastern Ukraine in support of the pro-Russian forces, an allegation denied by the Kremlin.

The US military deployed 750 tanks and thousands of troops to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in order to deter what it described “Russian aggression.”

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke on the phone.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement the conversation was requested by Washington.

Kerry and Lavrov "discussed the tasks to promote settlement in Syria and Yemen, certain aspects of the situation in Donbas in the context of the Ukrainian crisis, as well as separate issues of bilateral relations," according to the statement.

   
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Resource: Press TV
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