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NATO units set for Baltics, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria

'Biggest reinforcement to East since end of Cold War'

30 January, 16:51
(ANSA-AP) - BRUSEELS/TRIESTE - NATO is deploying small units in six eastern European nations to help coordinate a spearhead force set up in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.

NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said the units in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania will be the first of their kind there. Defense ministers from the 28-nation military alliance will discuss the full force, which can react quickly to any hotspots in Europe, when they meet on February 5.

This will be the biggest reinforcement of troops in the East since the end of the Cold War, Stoltenberg said. The size of the troops (5-10 thousand soldiers) is yet to be defined, according to a source from within the Alliance. (ANSA-AP).

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