NEWSWATCH: “U.S. to Boost Surveillance For Russian Exercise; Officials say U.S. will move ships into Baltic Sea and take over North Atlantic Treaty Organization air-policing duties” – Wall Street Journal/ Julian E. Barnes

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“The U.S. will bolster its ability to observe Russia’s military in the Baltic Sea region ahead of a major exercise by Moscow …. including by moving ships into the Baltic Sea and taking over [NATO] air-policing duties while the #Russian exercises occur in September. The U.S. could temporarily deploy a Patriot missile-defense battery in the region, officials said. … the Russian drill, known as Zapad, will showcase some of Russia’s newest and most advanced weaponry, and will be a chance for the U.S. to gather fresh intelligence. * * * … U.S. officials estimate between 70,000 and 100,000 troops could take part in Zapad. Moscow has characterized the drills as far smaller ….”

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