Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, speaks during a meeting with senior officers and prosecutors in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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The United States is pressing European allies to ready more NATO battalions, ships and planes for combat, officials say, in a fresh move to shore up NATO's deterrence against a potential Russian attack.U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis will seek broad agreement for the plan in Brussels on Thursday when alliance defence ministers meet, laying the ground for endorsement by NATO leaders at a summit in July, four U.S. and NATO officials and diplomats told Reuters.The size of battalions vary across NATO, from 600 to 1,000 soldiers.With more than 2 million troops, NATO's forces outnumber those of Russia, whose active duty members are around 830,000, according to the International Institute of Strategic Studies, a British-based military think-tank.
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