North Atlantic Treaty Organisation builds up military presence in Romania to counter Russian Federation

Cheryl Sanders
October 10, 2017

According to him, the advanced presence on the eastern Flank must be reinforced, especially in the south, at the Black Sea, in all its dimensions.

"Ukraine will host the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in the spring of 2020".

Speaking at the plenary session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Bucharest, Stoltenberg said the alliance was calling on Russian Federation "to abide by its worldwide commitments".

He added that NATO's actions are created to prevent, not provoke, conflict and the alliance is committed to transparency and predictability, which are "in everybody's interest".

"We are concerned by.[Russia's] lack of transparency when it comes to military exercises", Stoltenberg said on October 9 in the Romanian capital, Bucharest.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is set to launch a new multinational force in Romania on Monday to counter Russia along its eastern flank and to check a growing Russian presence in the Black Sea following the Kremlin's 2014 seizure of Crimea.

The NATO chief said in his speech that preparations have commenced for the next NATO Summit to be held in Brussels next year, and the Alliance will continue to build on the decisions made in Wales and Warsaw by increasing allied collective defense.

Aside from Romania, Poland is the biggest troop contributor. Canada is already patrolling Romanian airspace along with national pilots, while Italy is patrolling Bulgarian airspace. "We are in Afghanistan to protect ourselves". Some alliance troops have remained to train and advise Afghan forces under the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

"All these contributions are an investment in our own security and prove our firm commitment to ensuring sustainable peace on an worldwide level", the head of state said.

He said the 29-member alliance had increased jets patrols in the Black Sea in "response to Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine". And NATO helps and supports some of the activities taking place there.

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