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NATO announced on Monday that it has sent military reinforcements, including warships and fighter jets, to Eastern Europe, as Ukraine and Western countries worry about a possible Russian attack.

NATO countries have placed forces on standby and sent ships and fighter jets to strengthen their defense in Eastern Europe against Russian military activities on Ukraine’s borders, announced on Monday (January 24th). the Alliance in a press release.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says member countries have put their armies on high alert and decided to send reinforcements to Eastern Europe, including warships and fighter jets .

“NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including by strengthening the eastern part of the Alliance. We will always respond to any deterioration in our security environment, including by strengthening our collective defence.” , he explained.

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“Denmark is sending a frigate to the Baltic Sea and is preparing to deploy four F-16 fighter jets to Lithuania to support NATO’s longstanding air policing mission in the region,” the statement said.

“Spain sends ships to join NATO naval forces and plans to send combat aircraft to Bulgaria,” the statement added.

“France has declared its readiness to send troops to Romania under NATO command. The Netherlands is sending two F-35 fighter jets to Bulgaria from April to support the air policing activities of the NATO in the region and put a ship and land units on standby for the NATO Response Force,” the statement said.

Renewed tensions

Tensions around Ukraine have escalated in recent months over Russia’s deployment of around 100,000 troops to the country’s borders, according to Kiev and Western countries, raising fears of another Russian invasion after that of Crimea in 2014 .

Moscow continues to deny any bellicose intentions, while the West threatens to impose severe economic sanctions on Russia in the event of an invasion of Ukraine.

On Sunday, Britain accused the Kremlin of seeking to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine, which the Russian Foreign Ministry called “misinformation”.

Senior Biden administration officials say the US president has begun exploring options to bolster US military assets in the region.

According to the New York Times, Joe Biden plans to send between 1,000 and 5,000 soldiers to the countries of Eastern Europe, without excluding further reinforcement of the workforce in the event of renewed tensions.

A senior administration official declined to confirm those numbers on Sunday, but said, “We are developing plans and consulting with our allies to determine what options are available to us.”

State of emergency

The United States has provided military support to Ukraine, but has so far refrained from sending troops there.

“Since the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, NATO has strengthened its presence in the eastern part of the Alliance, notably with four multinational battle groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland”, reminds NATO.

“These units, led by the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the United States respectively, are multinational and combat-ready,” the Alliance said.

“Their presence clearly indicates that an attack against an Ally will be considered an attack against the whole Alliance”, warns NATO. There were no NATO forces in the eastern part of the Alliance before 2014, the statement said.

Russia will “respond appropriately” if the United States deploys more troops to Eastern Europe and the Baltic states, Russian parliamentarian Andrei Kartapolov reacted on Monday, according to remarks reported by the Interfax news agency.

With Reuters and AFP

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