14:31 Apr. 30, 2016
Washington strives to supporting NATO's allies in view of increasing Russian aggression
Two U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter aircrafts landed at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania earlier this week, Romania Insider reports.
According to a statement by the U.S. Air Force, the fighters' landing was so far the largest F-22 deployment to Europe, and also the first time when fifth-generation fighters landed in Romania.
"Today, I would like to highlight this deployment as a demonstration of our promise to support Romania and the rest of our NATO allies," Lt. Gen. Timothy Ray, the Third Air Force commander, said during a press conference, adding NATO considered Romania one of its strongest allies.
The F-22 fighters can project air dominance quickly, at great distances, to defeat any possible threat, according to Lt. Gen. Ray.
After the short stay in Romania, the fighters flew to Lithuania.