Defence Ministers of NATO countries gave the nod to a strengthening of military presence of the Alliance in Eastern Europe. The final decision on the size of the grouping near borders of Russia will take in July in Warsaw. The Alliance operates slyly: technically not violating the Act Russia – NATO, providing not “permanent” and “continuous” presence, preparing the infrastructure for deployment of a full-fledged base.
Defence Ministers of 28 countries – NATO members at a meeting Wednesday in Brussels endorsed a proposal to strengthen the military presence of the Alliance in Eastern Europe, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“It is necessary, among other things, to pay attention to programs that are independent of NATO, implements the European command of the armed forces of the United States”
“We just agreed on a series of principles regarding the modernization of the NATO defence and deterrence forces”, – said the head of the Alliance at a press conference. In addition, “within the framework of the decisions taken, NATO defence Ministers agreed to expand forward presence in the Eastern part of our Alliance”.
Stoltenberg stressed that the increased presence will provide a multinational group of NATO forces. Involved in this activity, soldiers will be in “Eastern Alliance” on a rotating basis.
The exact number of new troops of the Alliance in Eastern Europe and staff structure will determine in the spring. The final decision on the number of troops sent will be taken at the NATO summit, which will be held in Warsaw in July.
Shortly before the summit, in June, in Poland will be held NATO exercises “Anaconda-16”. As reported by “Radio Poland”, the event will be attended by over 25 thousand soldiers from over 20 NATO and partner States. “It will be the first such large-scale exercises since 1989 in Poland, and we hope not the last,” he told radio station the Deputy commander of the armed forces of Poland General Slawomir Wojciechowski.
From Estonia to the Black sea
In addition, NATO Ministers approved the extension of the military presence in the Mediterranean and the Black sea. Stoltenberg also said that NATO has already deployed six staff in Eastern Europe and two new staff will be deployed there until the end of the year.
According to the Daily Telegraph, “under this plan for a battalion of 500 to 1 thousand soldiers from the USA, UK and Germany can be sent to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria”. Basically, the soldiers would be delivered from the USA, UK and Germany. Some of the units in service will be missiles of a class “earth-air”, flying attack aircraft and helicopters.