Comment: Asymmetric means nuclear in Russia.
Russia Vows ‘Totally Asymmetrical’ Response To U.S. Troop Buildup In Europe
Russian troops on the eastern front continue low-intensity military operations against Ukraine. The White House is adamantly opposed to shipping lethal defensive aid with which Kiev could blunt the next Russian assault. (Associated Press) more >
By Kellan Howell – The Washington Times – Thursday, March 31, 2016
The U.S. announced Wednesday “continuous troop rotations” in Eastern Europe starting in 2017, citing Russian “aggression.”
“We are not passive observers, we consistently take all the military measures we consider necessary in order to counterbalance this reinforced presence that is not justified by anything,” Moscow’s permanent representative at the alliance, Aleksandr Grushko, said in an interview with TV channel Russia-24, Russia Today reported. “Certainly, we’ll respond totally asymmetrically.”
Mr. Grushko did not specify what kind of response the Russian military would take, but said its actions would correspond to its “understanding of the extent of the military threat, would not be extremely expensive, but also highly effective.”
It said the first rotational armored brigade combat team would arrive in Europe in February next year. Each brigade will be on a nine-month rotation and bring their own equipment to use for exercises across Europe.
NATO has also said it wants to enhance its military equipment in Europe and replace it with “the most modern the Army has to offer.”