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Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 10:43
NATO mulls permanent troops near Russia
By Agencies

 NATO mulls permanent troops near Russia

OTTAWA - NATO will have to consider permanently stationing troops in parts of Eastern Europe as a result of the increased tension between Russia and Ukraine, the alliance's top military commander said on Tuesday.

NATO has arranged a number of short-term army, air force and naval rotations in Eastern Europe, but these are due to finish at the end of this year.

Asked whether NATO might have to look at permanently stationing troops in the alliance's member states in eastern Europe, US Air Force General Philip Breedlove said: "I think this is something we will have to consider and we will tee this up for discussion through the leaderships of our nations to see where that leads."

The Nato announcement came as the United States and the European Union on Tuesday agreed on more sanctions on Russia in response to what they called its "destabilization" moves in eastern Ukraine.

President Barack Obama joined a meeting between his national security advisor Susan Rice and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton at the White House, in which they discussed the Ukrainian crisis and the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.

They "agreed on the importance of imposing additional costs on Russia, should it continue its efforts to destabilize Ukraine," the White House said in a statement.

 
 
 
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