The North Atlantic Alliance is sending additional forces to Eastern Europe due to the fact that Russia allegedly continues to “deploy its troops in and around Ukraine.” Which countries send their troops to the east and where they will be stationed – in the material of “Gazeta.Ru”.
NATO member countries are alerting forces and sending additional ships and fighters for deployment in Eastern Europe. These actions are aimed at deterring and defending the allies, as “Russia continues to build up its military power in and around Ukraine,” follows from a statement by the North Atlantic Alliance circulated on Monday, January 24.
“In recent days, a number of allies have made announcements about current or upcoming deployments. Denmark is sending a frigate to the Baltic Sea and is about to send four F-16 fighter jets to Lithuania to support NATO’s air po-licing mission in the region. Spain is sending ships to join the NATO navy and is considering sending fighter jets to Bulgaria. France expressed its readiness to send troops under NATO command to Romania. The Netherlands will send two F-35 fighter jets to Bulgaria from April to support NATO’s air policing activities in the region, and will bring one ship and ground units into reserve for the NATO Response Force.
The United States has also made it clear that it is considering increasing its military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance.
The fact that US President Joe Biden plans to deploy American troops, air force and navy in the Baltic countries and Eastern Europe against the backdrop of the situation with Ukraine was previously reported by The New York Times.
According to her sou-rces, high-ranking Pentag-on military officials presented the head of the White House with several options “to counter Rus-sia.” One of them involves sending from 1,000 to 5,0-00 troops to the countries of Eastern Europe with the po-ssibility of a “tenfold incre-ase” in their numbers in case the situation worsens.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the actions of the allies providing additional forces to NATO.
“NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to defend and protect all allies, including by strengthening the eastern part of the North Atlantic Alliance.
We will always respond to any deterioration in our security environment, including by strengthening our collective defense,” he stressed.
The alliance’s statement also notes that NATO is a defensive alliance. “In response to the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, NATO has increased its presence in the eastern part of the alliance, including with four multinational battle groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. These units, led by the UK, Canada, Germany and the US respectively, are multinational and combat capable. Their presence makes it clear that an attack on one ally will be considered an attack on the entire alliance. Until 2014, there were no NATO forces in the eastern part of the alliance,” the text says.
NATO cannot guarantee non-expansion
The issue of including new countries of Eastern Europe in NATO is not currently being discussed, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said earlier in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
At the same time, the North Atlantic Alliance cannot guarantee non-expansion, he added.
“Why is this demand from Russia? There can be no such guarantee, ”the head of the German government explained.
Against this backdrop, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said on January 24 that the country does not plan to apply for membership in NATO.
“In fact, we have no intention of applying for NATO membership right now. This issue is not being considered now, ” TASS quotes her.