Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

EUCOM commander's Washington visit is cut short

Mar. 31, 2014 - 03:45PM   |  
  • Filed Under

The top U.S. commander in Europe cut short a visit to Washington and will return to Brussels to address rising tensions over Russia’s potential ground invasion of eastern Ukraine.

Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, chief of U.S. European Command and supreme allied commander in Europe, was scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill on Tuesday and Wednesday about how the Pentagon’s budget proposal will affect EUCOM.

Instead, he will attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers Tuesday and Wednesday, where Russia’s invasion of the Crimean peninsula and military buildup along its western border will be the center of discussions.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel “felt it was important for Gen. Breedlove to continue our efforts to consult with NATO allies, and to discuss specific ways to provide additional reassurance for our NATO allies in Eastern Europe,” a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said in a statement Monday.

“While it does not foreshadow imminent military action in Ukraine, the general’s return will allow him more time to confer closely with his staff and our allies and partners, and to better advise senior leaders,” Kirby said.

Also on Monday, reports suggested that Russia was pulling back some of the troops it has massed near Ukraine’s border in recent weeks.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan
Rates

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.


This Week's Navy Times

This Week's Navy Times

Best federal contractors
The companies hiring the most veterans now

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Classifieds
MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.
Woman who cried rape
(3 replies)
   Last Post: TJMAC77SP
        May 3, 2014 1:32 PM
   Last Post: garhkal
        May 1, 2014 5:03 PM
Cliven Bundy
(45 replies)
   Last Post: Chief_KO
        Apr 26, 2014 9:49 AM
Handbooks

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook