NATO member states increase military presence in Eastern Europe

Status: 01/24/2022 11:20 a.m

Because of the Ukraine conflict, several NATO member states want to increase their military presence. Accordingly, additional combat aircraft and naval ships are to be sent to the Baltic Sea and Eastern European countries.

In the escalating Ukraine conflict, a number of NATO member states want to increase their military presence in Eastern Europe. The alliance said it was increasing its “deterrent” presence in the Baltic Sea region. According to this, additional combat aircraft and naval ships are to be sent to the Baltic Sea and to Eastern European countries such as Lithuania and Bulgaria.

The background is fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to the statement, allies such as Denmark, Spain and the Netherlands want to increase their military presence in Eastern Europe, with the US and France considering doing so. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the member states’ announcement.

Michael Grytz, ARD Brussels, on the deliberations of the EU foreign ministers in the Ukraine crisis

tagesschau24 11:00 a.m., 24.1.2022

“Strengthening Our Collective Defence”

“NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all allies,” emphasized the Norwegian. “We will always respond to any deterioration in our security environment, including by strengthening our collective defenses,” Stoltenberg said.

According to this, a number of members of the organization, which consists of 30 countries, have offered troops and equipment. Denmark sends a frigate to the Baltic Sea and deploys F-16 fighter jets to Lithuania. Spain is sending ships to join NATO’s permanent naval forces and is considering sending fighter jets to Bulgaria. NATO said France was ready to send troops to Bulgaria.

Report: US considers sending thousands of soldiers

According to a report, US President Joe Biden is also considering sending thousands of US soldiers to the Eastern European NATO countries. One of several variants discussed provides for up to 5,000 soldiers, reports the “New York Times”, citing government circles. The number could be increased tenfold if the situation worsens. A transfer of troops to Ukraine itself has not yet been considered. The US Department of Defense declined to comment on the report.

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