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First U.S. anti-aircraft missiles deploy to Baltics

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 01:08

U.S. forces present a battery of anti-aircraft Patriot missiles deployed in Lithuania, as part of a two-week exercise -- the first time such capability has been made available in Baltic states. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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The movement of an American anti-aircraft missile system to Lithuania is the first time the U.S. has deployed such a capability in the Baltic states. The weapons known as Patriot missiles arriving as part of a two week exercise. But it's placement on Russia's relative doorstep comes amid a massive buildup of NATO forces in the region, mirrored in kind by Moscow. And Lithuania's president, at a ceremony marking the exercise, says her country should have a permanent battery of anti-aircraft missiles. Earlier this month the United States approved the possible sale of seven Patriot systems to Romania, worth $3.9 billion. And Poland says it's signed a memorandum for their own purchase from Washington as well. Russia has accused NATO of saber rattling, and increasing the risk of a new conflict in Europe. U.S. troops didn't fire their Patriot missiles during the exercise, which was also attended by troops from Britain, Poland, and Latvia.

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First U.S. anti-aircraft missiles deploy to Baltics

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 01:08