First US tanks arrive, with 3,000 troops on the way for Baltic military exercise ({{commentsTotal}})

The first US tanks arrived in Riga on Monday, with a total of 3,000 US troops and 120 pieces of heavy equipment also on the way for a 90-day military exercise.

The troops are in the Baltic states as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which will take place in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland over the next three months.

Colonel Steven Warren, a spokesman for the Pentagon, said equipment, including helicopters, has began arriving in Riga and it will amount to a brigade combat team, LETA reported.

According to an anonymous US source, the equipment will remain in the Baltic states once the exercise is over and troops have returned to their permanent bases.

Earlier in Riga, US General John O'Connor told AFP the deployment would "demonstrate resolve to President [Vladimir] Putin and Russia that collectively we can come together."

Editor: J.M. Laats



Opinion
Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.