VP Biden: US weighs rotating forces to Baltics

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Associated Press

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 18 at 2:04 PM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. is considering rotating American forces to the Baltic region as a step toward ensuring the collective defense of NATO allies against Russian aggression.

Biden says that those forces could conduct ground and naval exercises, plus engage in training missions.

Biden is speaking after meeting with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in Warsaw, Poland. Biden is in Europe to reassure allies who are concerned about Russia's intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea.

Biden says the rotating forces are among multiple steps the U.S. is exploring to strengthen NATO. He says in recent weeks the U.S. has augmented its rotation of NATO's air-policing program in the Baltics. He says the U.S. is working to line up other countries to augment that program, too.

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