Esper urged the US to deploy troops in the Black Sea area

Ex-Pentagon chief says the US should try to contain Russia’s “bad behavior.”

Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the US should deploy additional troops along the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria and Romania to deter potential Russian aggression amid heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington.

“I think we need to continue to stand up to Russia and try to contain its bad behavior,” said Esper, now a research fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University.

Washington should try to reassure European allies and strengthen the NATO alliance by deploying additional forces in Poland, “in the Baltic states if that makes sense, and places like Romania and Bulgaria – if not permanently, then on a rotating basis,” Esper told.

On Tuesday, the US announced that it would strengthen its forces in Germany amid new tensions with Russia over Ukraine, abandoning plans by previous President Donald Trump to withdraw about 12,000 of the 36,000 US troops stationed in the country.

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