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NATO general wants alliance troops in Bulgaria, Romania - Der Spiegel

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NATO general wants alliance troops in Bulgaria, Romania - Der Spiegel
NATO general wants alliance troops in Bulgaria, Romania - Der Spiegel   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">BERLIN</span> – <span class="caps">NATO</span>’s top general has suggested the alliance should establish a military presence in Bulgaria and Romania following Russia’s troop build-up near the border with Ukraine, German newspaper Spiegel reported on Saturday.</p> <p>It said the proposals made by Tod Wolters, <span class="caps">NATO</span>’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, would in effect expand the alliance’s “Enhanced Forward Presence” mission under which it has deployed military forces to the Baltic states and eastern Poland.</p> <p>Der Spiegel did not directly quote Wolters. It said it had “information” that Wolters had “called for a reinforcement of troops on the eastern border” of <span class="caps">NATO</span> during a video link with military chiefs of “partner nations”.</p> <p>It said the plan would in effect “expand <span class="caps">NATO</span>’s presence (to Romania and Bulgaria) through the Enhanced Forward Presence (<span class="caps">EFP</span>) mission.”</p> <p><span class="caps">NATO</span> declined to comment on Der Spiegel’s report. Extending <span class="caps">NATO</span>’s presence to Bulgaria and Romania is something that both countries have called for.</p> <p><span class="caps">NATO</span> Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday that <span class="caps">NATO</span> would “constantly assess the need to further adjust our posture, our presence, also in the Southeast of the region, because we need to be sure that we can always protect and defend allies against any threat.” </p> <p>Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine has increased tensions between Moscow and <span class="caps">NATO</span> and the alliance has urged Russia not to invade the former Soviet republic. </p> <p>Russia denies planning an invasion. It says it is responding to what it sees as threats to its own security from Ukraine’s increasingly close relations with <span class="caps">NATO</span> and aspirations to join the alliance. </p> <p>Moscow said on Friday it wanted a legally binding guarantee from <span class="caps">NATO</span> that it will give up any military activity in eastern Europe and Ukraine.</p> <p/> </div>