Popular tags among both U.S. troops and official military accounts that captured the exercises include #AlliedStrong, #AtlanticResolve and #Solidarity.
— US Mission to NATO (@USNATO) March 8, 2015
Users in both Russia and Latvia are taking the growing NATO military presence—which includes the arrival of vehicles, tanks and hundreds of American soldiers—as a prelude to a ground war and using those official U.S. posts and photos as opportunities to vent their fears and hatreds.
— AJ (@Juice2kill) March 10, 2015
— Russian Question (@Ru_Fed) March 10, 2015
Translation: “Have you seen what they rolled up to us?”
@USNATO Что бы подумали американцы, если бы 700 штук Российской военной техники танков&вертолетов высадилисьь в двухстах милях от НьюЙорка?
— paketbot (@paketbot) March 10, 2015
Translation: “What would Americans think if 700 Russian military vehicles, tanks and choppers landed 200 miles from New York?”
@LentaNovostey а Латвия не догоняет,что в случае провакаций со строны США и НАТО пострадает именно Латвия,а эти сбегут.Демократы бля.
— Maxim Strotsky (@MaximStrotsky) March 10, 2015
Translation: “Latvia doesn’t get that in case of a provocation by the US and NATO Latvia will be the one to suffer while the others will escape. Fucking democracy.
— Erich Maria EKHOLM (@myLegnica) March 9, 2015
Translation: “America is preparing the people of Latvia to a war”
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russia is gearing up to “react” to the growing presence of NATO troops along Russian borders. “We have confirmed our stance that military buildup near our border does not contribute to the restoration of trust in the Euroatlantic,” he said. “We are forced to react in an adequate way, but we are sure that these problems need to be solved through an equal dialogue based on mutual respect.”