Pentagon removes Armenia from Defender 23 participant list

Pentagon removes Armenia from Defender 23 participant list

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Pentagon has removed Armenia from a statement about Defender 23 exercise in which the country was said to participate.

"This annual, nearly two-month long exercise is focused on the strategic deployment of U.S.-based forces, employment of Army pre-positioned stocks and interoperability with European allies and partners," said deputy Pentagon press secretary Sabrina Singh, during a briefing on April 5. When it was first reported that Armenia too was supposed to participate in the drills, no reaction was available from Yerevan.

The Defender 23 exercise is led by U.S. Army Europe and Africa and has been planned since 2021. The exercise is designed to demonstrate the U.S. military's ability to rapidly deploy combat-credible troops and equipment to assure allies, deter those who would threaten the peace of Europe and defend the continent from aggression. The exercise also demonstrates the commitment of European nations to increase the scale, capability and interoperability of their own militaries.

In addition to the United States, troops from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom will all take part in Defender 23.

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