Defence Ministers of countries-members of NATO meeting in Brussels have agreed to expand military presence of NATO forces in Eastern Europe.
This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference on February 10, after the first day of the Ministerial meeting.
«The Ministers have agreed to expand NATO’s military presence in Eastern Europe. It will be a multinational component. An attack on one NATO member is considered an attack on all, and NATO will react as a whole», — said Stoltenberg.
According to him, reinforced the contingent will be in Eastern Europe on a rotational basis and will be supported by a programme of military exercises.
«It will also provide adequate logistics, infrastructure. Military planners will provide advice on the scope and the extended presence since the spring of this year,» he said.
Stoltenberg added that the U.S. also decided on the increase of power in Europe by rotation on a continuous basis, the armored and mechanized divisions.
«These changes are a cornerstone of long-term adaptation of NATO to the new security situation in the world,» said the NATO Secretary General.
Stoltenberga that an enhanced military presence of NATO forces in Eastern Europe will continue as long as necessary for the security of the countries of the region.
«We will ensure the presence of the military as needed. We must be sure that you can always protect all allies. We have increased our presence, because he was facing a very serious threat, taking into account the actions of Russia», — said Stoltenberg.
«Russia is using force to redraw borders in Europe and to intimidate neighbors. Placing additional international troops, we have sent a clear signal that an attack on one ally would be an attack on the entire North Atlantic Alliance», — said the NATO Secretary General.
Earlier, Stoltenberg said that it expected all member States of the Alliance that they agree with the need for decisive action. The U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Fierce denied that the steps discussed are a provocation to Russia or violate existing between Moscow and the Alliance agreement. «It’s not an aggressive step. NATO troops never invaded the last time,» he said.
As reported, after the meeting of foreign Ministers of the Alliance member-States in December last year the NATO Secretary General said that the Alliance will maintain an enhanced presence in the Eastern part of the Alliance. On 22 January, the NATO military Committee adopted a decision to establish international headquarters in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.
The Alliance plans to deploy new bases in Eastern Europe was announced in August 2014, the then NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
NATO increases military presence in Eastern Europe 11.02.2016