In this photo taken on May 4, 2015, Russian T-14 Armata tanks make their way to Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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A plan by Washington to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia's border would be the most aggressive U.S. act since the Cold War, and Moscow would retaliate by beefing up its own forces, a Russian defense official said Monday.Poland and the Baltic states, where officials say privately they have been frustrated the NATO alliance has not taken more decisive steps to deter Russia, welcomed the decision by Washington to take the lead.But others in the region were more cautious, fearing their countries could be caught in the middle of a new arms race between Russia and the United States.However, the U.S. proposal could cause tensions within NATO, an alliance that often struggles to accommodate more hawkish members such as Poland or Lithuania alongside other states that want to avoid a military stand-off with Russia at any cost.Instead, NATO intensified exercises, rotating troops through the region and set up a command headquarters for a rapid reaction force in north-west Poland.
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