: NATO will react to Russia's provocations - Stoltenberg

14:02 May. 2, 2016

NATO will react to Russia's provocations - Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO-Russia Council in Brussels. Wed., April 20, 2016. (AP photo)

Alliance beefs up Eastern Europe defences in response to Kremlin's actions in Ukraine

Strengthening the Eastern Europe's border with NATO troops is a reponse to Russia's dangerous escalation, stated the Secretary General of Alliance Jens Stoltenberg.

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The Alliance will correspondingly react to Kremlin's military threat.

"Moscow has illegally annexed Crimean peninsula, now it keeps backing separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, thus constantly violating international law. This is why we started sending our troops to our eastern borders," said Stoltenberg, according to Deutsche Welle.

Currently NATO is considering sending international battalions to Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, where soldiers are supposed to undergo regular rotation. Stoltenberg promises the issue will be solved before the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland.

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Secretary General adds that the Alliance does not violate a single paragraph of the "NATO-Russia" Founding act, since there are no regular armed forces exceeding 1, 000 soldiers in at least one of NATO member states. There is no clear evidence, stresses Stoltenberg, that Russia will attack any of member states in the near future. Nevertheless, Alliance's authorities must keep an eye on the security of its eastern border.

As reported earlier, NATO prepares to deploy 4,000 military troops to Poland and the Baltic states to reinforce the Alliance eastern flanks against Russia's possible military aggression.

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