Operation Saber Strike: Our Annual Show of Force to RussiaJune 6, 2018
The American Spectator:
In one of the largest shows of force in Eastern Europe since the Cold War, the United States leads 18 NATO member and partner states in the 8th annual Saber Strike military drill. This year, the message of the war-game is clear — ‘Russia, do not infringe on the Baltic States.’
Since 2014, following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, the United States has significantly ramped up its presence in Poland and the greater Baltic region. Yet this did not deter Russia. Instead, imperialist Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, has upped the ante, giving direct military aid to Ukrainian separatists, as well as meddling in several European elections and governments.
In the months leading up to the drills, pushback from Russia over the U.S.’s newfound working relationship with the Polish has created notable tension.