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Russia: U.S. Plan For Eastern Europe May Have 'Dangerous Consequences'

Russia's Foreign Ministry said on June 15 that it hoped a reported U.S. plan to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia's border would not go ahead.

"We hope that reason will prevail and the situation in Europe will be prevented from sliding into a new military confrontation which may have dangerous consequences," the ministry said in a statement.

Citing U.S. and allied officials, The New York Times reported on June 13 that Washington planned to store heavy military equipment in several Baltic and Eastern European countries to reassure allies made uneasy by Russia's action in Ukraine and to deter aggression.

Poland and Lithuania confirmed they were in talks with Washington on stationing heavy arms in warehouses in the region.

Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said Warsaw expects a final answer from Washington "within a few weeks."

The Kremlin has declined to comment on the reports.

Based on reports by Reuters and Interfax