U.S. deploys Predator drones along Russia border
Latvia has become the first European country to host two American Predator drones as the U.S. boosts its military prescence in Eastern Europe following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to Ukraine Today.
"As [U.S.] President [Barack] Obama said one year ago in Tallinn, today we are bound by our Treaty Alliance, we have a solemn duty to one another. [NATO] Article Five is crystal-clear – an attack on one is an attack on all. So, if in such a moment you ever ask again who will come to help, you'll know the answer - the NATO Alliance, including the Armed Forces of the United States of America," U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, Nancy Bikoff Pettit said on Tuesday, Ukraine Today reports.
The United States has stepped up partner training deployments to NATO allies in Eastern Europe since Russia last year seized and annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, raising concerns that Moscow’s next target may be member of the Alliance.
MQ-1 Predators have initially been used by the U.S.A.F. and CIA for aerial reconnaissance and forward observation, carrying cameras and other sensors. Later, they have been modified and upgraded to carry two missiles and other munitions.
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