Monday, January 24, 2022

NATO Sends Ships, Fighter Jets to Eastern Europe as Russia Tensions Simmer | Farsnews Agency

(FNA)- NATO announced Monday that European allies were deploying added ships and fighter jets to Eastern Europe and putting new forces on standby in response to Russia’s continued military mobilization along the Ukrainian border.



“Denmark is sending a frigate to the Baltic Sea and is set to deploy four F-16 fighter jets to Lithuania in support of NATO’s long-standing air-policing mission in the region,” the alliance said in a statement, adding, “Spain is sending ships to join NATO naval forces and is considering sending fighter jets to Bulgaria. France has expressed its readiness to send troops to Romania under NATO command,” POLITICO reported.

The alliance also said that the Netherlands was putting “a ship and land-based units on standby for NATO’s Response Force,” and as of April would send two F-35 fighters to Bulgaria to support the alliance’s air-policing activities in the Black Sea region.

NATO’s announcement comes amid reports that senior Pentagon officials on Saturday presented US President Joe Biden with options for adopting a more aggressive posture toward Russia. This would include deploying additional military forces and equipment to Eastern Europe, according to NBC News and The New York Times...

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