NATO beefs up presence on eastern border as crisis looms

NATO troops

Newscast Media KIEV—NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the
alliance is strengthening its military presence on its eastern borders in response to
the crisis in Ukraine.

Speaking after a meeting in Brussels of the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s main
political decision-making body, Rasmussen said the alliance will be making new military
deployments by sea, air, and land “within days.”

He said there will be “more planes in the air, more ships on the water, more readiness
on the land.”

Rasmussen didn’t reveal operational details or numbers about the new deployments.

But he said there will be more “air policing” in the Baltic region, and that allied ships
will be deployed in the Baltic Sea, eastern Mediterranean, and elsewhere if required.
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