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Pentagon confirms NATO plans to deploy 4,000 troops along the alliance’s eastern borders

The Baltic states have requested greater presence of the Alliance, fearing a threat from Russia

Pentagon confirms NATO plans to deploy 4,000 troops along the alliance’s eastern borders
Ashton Carter

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Monday NATO deliberations to deploy four battalions to the Baltic states and Poland, Reuters reported.

"That's one of the options that's being discussed," Carter told reporters traveling with him at the start of a three-day trip to Germany

Carter's trip to Germany will include meetings with Army General Curtis Scaparrotti as he takes over as the next NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, succeeding U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove.

The Baltic states - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - which joined NATO in 2004, have requested greater presence of the alliance, fearing a threat from Russia after it annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.