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U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams with production TUSK explosive reactive armor package installed

A US tank battalion is being transferred to a Lithuanian military training ground located just 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from the border with Belarus, Viktor Khrenin, the Belarusian minister of defense, said on Saturday.

“The movement of NATO troops is taking place in territory adjacent to us, within the framework of the Enhanced Forward Presence and Atlantic Resolve operations. In particular, the 2nd Battalion of the 69th Armor Regiment is being deployed to the Pabrade training ground [in Lithuania], 15 kilometers from our border,” Khrenin said during an appearance on the Belarusian broadcaster CTV.

The minister of defense said that a similar deployment had taken place in the spring, but added that the number of troops and machines involved had raised concerns in Minsk.

“The fact that about 500 people, 29 tanks, and 43 Bradley Fighting Vehicles will be in such close proximity to our border cannot do anything but worry us,” Khrenin added.

The United States has also increased the number of reconnaissance flights its military has conducted along the Belarusian border, the minister of defense added.

Source: Almasdarnews, September 13th, 2020