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US, Romania hold air exercises designed to reassure East Europeans

  • A formation of US Air Force A-10 airplanes maneuvers above an airbase in Campia Turzii, in Romania's central region of Transylvania, Thursday, April 16, 2015, during a joint exercise with the Romanian air force. Romanian and US air teams conduct a joint military exercise dubbed Dacian Thunder 2015.(AP Photo/Mircea Rosca)

    A formation of US Air Force A-10 airplanes maneuvers above an airbase in Campia Turzii, in Romania's central region of Transylvania, Thursday, April 16, 2015, during a joint exercise with the Romanian air force. Romanian and US air teams conduct a joint military exercise dubbed Dacian Thunder 2015.(AP Photo/Mircea Rosca)  (The Associated Press)

  • US servicemen secure an airfield where US Air Force A-10 airplanes and Romanian MIG 21 Lancers are stationed at an airbase in Campia Turzii, in Romania's central region of Transylvania, Thursday, April 16, 2015, during a joint exercise. Romanian an US air teams conduct a joint military exercise dubbed Dacian Thunder 2015.(AP Photo/Mircea Rosca)

    US servicemen secure an airfield where US Air Force A-10 airplanes and Romanian MIG 21 Lancers are stationed at an airbase in Campia Turzii, in Romania's central region of Transylvania, Thursday, April 16, 2015, during a joint exercise. Romanian an US air teams conduct a joint military exercise dubbed Dacian Thunder 2015.(AP Photo/Mircea Rosca)  (The Associated Press)

  • An US Air Force A-10 airplane flies above an airbase in Campia Turzii, in Romania's central region of Transylvania, Thursday, April 16, 2015, during a joint exercise with the Romanian air force. Romanian and US air teams conduct a joint military exercise dubbed Dacian Thunder 2015.(AP Photo/Mircea Rosca)

    An US Air Force A-10 airplane flies above an airbase in Campia Turzii, in Romania's central region of Transylvania, Thursday, April 16, 2015, during a joint exercise with the Romanian air force. Romanian and US air teams conduct a joint military exercise dubbed Dacian Thunder 2015.(AP Photo/Mircea Rosca)  (The Associated Press)

Twelve U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs have been deployed for months of military exercises involving the U.S. and Romanian air forces designed to reassure eastern Europeans who fear Russian influence in the region.

Some 350 U.S. and 300 Romanian troops are taking part in the "Atlantic Resolve" exercises that end in July.

U.S. Lt.Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force told reporters Thursday that the exercises would allay fears of NATO allies about Russia amid the Ukraine crisis.

"Intimidating actions ... have created significant distress among east Europeans and resurrected thoughts of a not too distant past," he said.