Russian Troops Trained in U.S.

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

A joint U.S.-Russia military training exercise earlier this year is raising concerns on Capitol Hill that U.S. military cooperation will increase the threat posed by Moscow’s military to friends and allies in Europe.

The two weeks of military exercises in late May included sending 20 Russian troops to Fort Carson, Col., where they held joint exercises in what defense officials called “mountaineering familiarization and parachute” training.

A senior Senate aide said of the exercises: “While I grant that military familiarization does not necessarily confer improved capabilities, Russia is not an ally, and the thing our real allies most fear are small-scale, territorial incursions in the north—like Poland and the Baltics—and the south—like South Ossetia in Georgia.”

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