NATO is taking a more aggressive stance towards Russia

NATO has “no limits” when it comes to deploying its forces in Eastern Europe to respond to Russian aggression, US-led military alliance deputy general Mircea Geoană said on Sunday.

Geoană, who was also a former president of Romania, made the comments in an interview with AFP news agency, published during a trip where he met with MPs from members of the alliance in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sunday and Monday.

They attended the spring session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Russia and NATO agreed in the 1997 Founding Act to work to prevent the build-up of forces in agreed regions of Europe, including Eastern and Central Europe.

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Reservists from the Estonian 2nd Infantry Brigade take part in maneuvers during NATO exercise Hedgehog on the Estonian-Latvian border May 26, 2022 in Voru, Estonia. NATO has “no restrictions” when it comes to deploying its forces in Eastern Europe, the deputy general of the US-led military alliance said on Sunday.
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But Geoană told AFP that Russia has decided to violate the deal by invading Ukraine and not holding regular dialogue with the alliance.

“She [Russia] Decisions made, they made a commitment there not to attack neighbors, which they do, and to hold regular consultations with NATO, which they don’t do,” he said.

“Now we have no constraints to have a robust stance on the eastern flank and ensure every square inch of NATO territory is protected by Article 5 and our allies.”

Article 5 is the NATO agreement that states if one member is attacked, all are attacked and other members must intervene militarily.

Geoană gave no further details on a planned NATO deployment, but said there would be a “robust, flexible and sustained presence” in Eastern Europe.

news week contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.

Finland and Sweden, both historically non-military allies, applied this month to become members of the alliance, despite Russia’s threat of military and political reprisals if they join.

On May 21, just three days after Finland submitted its NATO bid, Russia halted natural gas exports to the Nordic country with which it shares an 800-mile border.

For Finland and Sweden to officially join NATO, the parliaments of all 30 member states would have to ratify them. However, Turkey has said it will block NATO bids.

Swedish and Finnish diplomats met in Turkey on May 25 to try to reach an agreement that would win Ankara approval for the two Nordic states’ membership.

The defense ministers of the NATO countries are scheduled to meet in Madrid in mid-June to discuss the alliance’s presence in the Baltic States in Europe and the applications from Finland and Sweden. Both Nordic countries will attend the summit in the Spanish capital to mark Spain’s 40th anniversaryth year as a NATO member.

The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are pushing for NATO to deploy more troops in the region and set up major headquarters in each of the three countries. NATO is taking a more aggressive stance towards Russia

Rick Schindler

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