"NATO will deploy by rotation four robust multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland," - Stoltenberg

NATO defense ministers agreed on important measures to strengthen the Alliance’s defense in the Black Sea region.

As reported by Censor.NET, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said it in Brussels on Tuesday at a press conference following a meeting of NATO defense ministers.

Today, he added, allies are taking the next steps.

"NATO will deploy by rotation four robust multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland," he said.

In this regard, Stoltenberg welcomed the commitments made by many allies to contribute. NATO will also take measures to enhance defense and deterrence in the Black Sea region, he noted.

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Also, according to him, there will also be more pre-positioned equipment and supplies. He stressed that this sends a clear message that if any ally is attacked, the whole Alliance will respond as one. NATO is not looking for confrontation but for a constructive dialogue with Russia, he added.

He confirmed that NATO is ready to hold a new meeting of the Russia-NATO Council prior to the Warsaw Summit. The relevant consultations between NATO and Russia are currently underway.

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It should be noted that the Alliance this year confirmed its plans to expand NATO's military presence in Eastern Europe in response to Russia's actions. After the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the Baltic Air Policing mission was reinforced as the number of regional military exercises grew, and NATO's local HQs were set up in each of the Baltic countries. The U.S. will deploy by rotation a company in each of the Baltic states and Poland. In response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, other allies also started to engage its military in joint exercises. However, they fail to do it regularly.

As previously reported, following the results of NATO's Warsaw Summit in July, a political statement, proving the Alliance's support for Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, is expected to be adopted, as well as a package of support and enhanced practical assistance to Ukraine.

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Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n393376