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US to deploy heavy weapons on NATO's eastern flank

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (L) and her US counterpart Ashton Carter review an honour guard at the defence ministry in Berlin on June 22, 2015The US will deploy heavy weapons in central and eastern Europe for the first time, Washington said Tuesday, in the midst of the worst stand-off between Russia and the West since the Cold War, triggered by the crisis in Ukraine. “We will temporarily stage one armoured brigade combat team’s vehicles and associated equipment in countries in central and eastern Europe,” US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said at a joint press conference with three Baltic defence ministers on the eve of NATO ministerial talks. “While we do not seek a cold, let alone a hot war with Russia, we will defend our allies,” Carter added.

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