UPDATED: US armor rolling towards Latvia

US Army personnel who will operate tanks and a variety of other military equipment arrived as scheduled in Latvia February 5, reported LSM's Russian-language service.

The vehicles, which include 14 of the famous M1 Abrams tanks, are being prepared to be sent on from Poland by rail and will be despatched to their base at Adazi on the northern outskirts of Riga. 

Ahead of the equipment came more than 200 US military personnel, who arrived early February 5.

The deployment comes in advance of the arrival in the Spring of a multinational NATO battalion led by Canada which is designed to deter any aggression from Russia. 

 

Note: this story has been updated to make it clear it is the personnel who arrived Feb 5 with tanks to follow. 

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