NATO said it would consider a long-term military presence in Eastern European countries amid heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine as NATO forces conducted military exercises in the region on Tuesday.
“We are considering a longer-term adjustment of our attitude, our presence in the eastern part of the alliance. No final decision has been made on it, but it is currently underway within NATO. There is a process, “he told reporters in Brussels this week.
British troops, along with Estonian soldiers, participated in NATO exercises in Estonia, a former Soviet country bordering Russia, officials said. Sky news..
NATO’s defense minister is expected to discuss reinforcements at the next meeting next week. The Western government has called on Moscow to withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian border, especially if Russia wants to reduce its deployment in the eastern NATO allies.
Stoltenberg said in a press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda that NATO’s response to deploying combat groups on eastern territories after Moscow merged Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, “Russia really If you want to reduce NATO near the border, you’re against it. ” ..
At this week’s meeting, Polish President Andrzej Duda said the situation in Eastern Europe was “the most difficult situation we have faced since 1989.”
In addition to the United States Army already in PolandApproximately 1,700 US military personnel, primarily from the 82nd Airborne Division, have been deployed to the country this week from Fort Bragg, NC.
Stoltenberg praised the new American development as “a powerful demonstration of America’s commitment to our alliance.” Other allies also provide more power to NATO on land, in the air, and at sea. Britain has also deployed hundreds of additional troops into Poland.
According to Kusti Salm, Secretary-General of the Estonian Ministry of Defense, about 15,000 Russian soldiers are currently stationed in Belarus, north of Ukraine and east of Poland. Salm told Sky that the numbers could double and justify a “dramatic change” in NATO’s tactics.
And on Tuesday, Russia sailed a warship to the Black Sea, despite French President Emmanuel Macron meeting directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Tuesday, Macron met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“No one is naive,” Macron said at a press conference with Zelensky. “I don’t think we can resolve this crisis in a few hours of discussion.” However, French leaders did not provide details, but there are “concrete and practical solutions to move forward.” Said.
Earlier this week, after Macron’s meeting, there were signs that Russia could exacerbate the conflict, but the Kremlin on Tuesday overwhelmed speculation.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not confirm whether there were any concrete steps to lift the escalation of the conflict. Russia has denied wanting to invade Ukraine, but has also demanded that NATO not allow Ukraine to participate.
“I can’t comment on that, I don’t fully understand what my French colleagues were talking about,” Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.