EUCOM Chief: More Troops, Gear Needed To Deter Russia; Moscow Is ‘Messaging Us’

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EUCOM Chief: More Troops, Gear Needed To Deter Russia

Nov. 3, 2014 – 06:00AM |

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Air Force General Philip Breedlove, U.S. European Command commander and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Supreme Allied commander, holds a media briefing Nov. 3 at the Pentagon. (Saul Loeb / Getty Images)

By Andrew Tilghman
Staff writer

Breedlove: ‘Russia Is Messaging Us’

The top U.S. general in Europe wants to increase U.S. rotational forces in Eastern Europe and stockpile more military equipment across the continent in response to continued aggressive moves by the Russian military.

Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove spoke to reporters at the Pentagon on Monday after a spate of tense confrontations involving Russian military aircraft flying in unusually large formations in the airspace of America’s European allies.

“What you saw this past week was a larger, more complex formation of [Russian] aircraft carrying out a little deeper, and I would say…

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