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US Could Deploy Missile Systems to Baltics to Counter Russian 'Build-up' in Russia

Russia is "destabilizing" the Baltics by deploying military hardware to ... Russia. Any questions?

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During his visit to Lithuanian on Wednesday, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that Russia's military presence in Russia was "destabilizing" the Baltics. 

According to Reuters, Russia has "deployed Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, its enclave on the Baltic Sea. [Moscow] said the deployment was part of routine drills, but US officials worry that it may represent a permanent upgrade". 

<figcaption>Next stop: Russia's border!</figcaption>
Next stop: Russia's border!

Obviously, Russia deploying missiles to Russia is unacceptable and needs to be countered somehow. 

According to reports, US officials raised the possibility that a Patriot missile battery could be deployed briefly to the Baltic region during NATO exercises in July. 

Why would this (allegedly temporary) deployment be necessary? Because Russia "doesn't respect international law". 

Here's our friend Mattis: "The reason for the deployment you see right now is the lack of respect for international law by a nation in the region, and so long as the nation shows respect, we would not have to deploy that".

It gets better. 

Estonia—which hosts foreign troops from faraway lands—is now hyperventilating about alleged reports that Russian troops will remain in Belarus after routine "Zapad" military exercises in September.

If true, we imagine the US will "counter" this move by massing troops and military hardware on Russia's border. Oh wait—that's already happening. 

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