The USA has sent military equipment eastwards to Estonia and are now located just 100km from the Russian border. At the same time, Moscow and Washington are discussing how to deal with the Syrian conflict.
Originally appeared at Deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten, translated by Reduit exclusively for SouthFront
The US has stationed several military vehicles as well as other military hardware in the town of Tapa for an upcoming exercise. The town of Tapa is located in Estonia and is approximately 100km away from the Russian border, among some vehicles that were sent there this week were 4 M1A2 Abrams tanks and 10 M2A4 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles. It is believed that the US will also be sending several armoured vehicles to Lithuania for the similar purpose of conducting exercises.
Russian Ambassador Sergei Lavrov has once again contacted US Ambassador John Kerry via telephone. This is the third time that the two ambassadors have contacted each other to discuss the situation in Syria. The latest conversations between the two ambassadors involved discussions about how to involve other local regimes in the political solutions for the Syrian conflict. Russian President, Vladimir Putin has also been in contact with Saudi-Arabian leader King Salam this week, the topic also being finding a solution to the Syrian conflict.
Temporary Russian Ambassador Mikhail Bogdanov stated on Monday that representatives of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have already visited Moscow numerous times. “yes they were here, even as recently as last week”.
Russian ambassador Lavrov has offered the FSA assistance in fighting IS via air support should the FSA be willing to share information. So far the rebel group is open to the idea of co-operation with Russia.
Political discussions have proven positive since President Assads visit to Moscow last week. Last Friday, Ambassadors Kerry and Lavrov met together with political colleagues from Turkey and Saudi-Arabia in Wein to discuss the situation in Syria. On Sunday Lavrov advised Syria to prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections which could potentially occur in several months time.
The Ambassador of Oman on Monday held a discussion with Assad in Damascus about the potential options for ending the fighting in Syria, one suggestion being that Diplomats from Oman could take on the role of messenger between the leaders of Syria and Syrian opposition, including the USA and other Gulf states.
[Reduit’s comment] What are the vehicles sent to Estonia:
- USA’s main battle tank, armed with a 120mm Smoothbore Rheinmetall cannon
- The M1A2 offers the tank commander an independent thermal sight and ability to, in rapid sequence, shoot at two targets without the need to acquire each one sequentially
- M1A2 has been in service with the US armed forces since 1992
- Armor consists of Depleted Uranium, making it one of the best armors available in the world
- Infantry fighting Vehicle, designed to support troops, can also carry a squad into the battlefield
- Main armament consists of one 25 mm M242 Chain Gun and two TOW Missiles (Anti-tank rockets)