BRUSSELS, January 24. /TASS/. NATO is sending additional forces to Eastern Europe due to the situation around Ukraine, the alliance said in a statement on Monday.
“NATO allies are putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to NATO deployments in Eastern Europe, bolstering Allied deterrence and defense as Russia continues its military buildup in and around Ukraine,” the statement said.
The statement highlights that “in recent days a number of Allies have made announcements regarding ongoing or upcoming deployments.”
“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. Spain is sending ships to join NATO naval forces and is considering sending fighter jets to Bulgaria,” the alliance said. “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 NATO air policing in the region, and is putting a ship and ground units on standby from the Response Force NATO. The United States has also made it clear that it plans to increase its military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the Allies’ contribution of additional forces. “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,” did he declare.
Recently, allegations of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine have become frequent in Ukraine and Western states. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the reports an empty and baseless escalation of tensions, stressing that Russia poses no threat to anyone. Peskov noted that provocations can occur to substantiate such claims and warned that such attempts would lead to the most serious consequences.