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Ukraine-Russia crisis: NATO sends more fighter jets and ships to Eastern Europe amid growing tensions

NATO says it is sending additional ships and fighter jets to Eastern Europe amid Russian troop buildup near Ukraine.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the additional resources of the defense treaty and insisted he would take “all necessary measures” to protect and defend allies.

“We will always respond to any deterioration in our security environment, including by strengthening our collective defense,” Stoltenberg said.

To strengthen NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe, the allies have announced various deployments in support of Ukraine. Denmark is sending a warship 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.

Spain sends ships to join NATO naval forces and plans to send fighter jets to Bulgaria. France is also ready to send troops to Romania under NATO command, with the Netherlands sending two F-35 fighter jets to Bulgaria from April to support NATO air policing activities in the region.

The United States has also made it clear that it plans to increase its military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab warned on Sunday there was a “very significant risk” that Russia would stage an invasion of Ukraine, although it denied it.

Asked about the threat of an invasion, he told the BBC: “I think there is a very significant risk.

“The world needs to keep an eye on this and be very clear with President Putin that he wouldn’t do it for free, that there would be a price,” he added.

Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, said a Russian invasion is “highly likely” but said “there is still room for diplomatic resolution”.

However, Russia’s foreign minister accused the UK of spreading ‘misinformation’ – and told the foreign office to ‘stop these provocative activities’ and ‘stop spreading nonsense’.


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