In a move sure to anger Russia, NATO announced on Wednesday firm plans to deploy a significant number of troops into Eastern Europe.
After a day of meeting with alliance members, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made the announcement during a press conference. Though he was vague on details, he added that final decisions regarding the make-up of the multi-national force will be ironed out in June, and voted upon at the next NATO meeting in July.
“We will have as much presence in the east as needed,” Stoltenberg said, adding that the forces will be non-permanent and constantly rotating.
NATO’s new so-called “deterrent” posture was touted by Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter Tuesday on the heels of his announcement that the Pentagon would be pumping $3.4 billion into forces and training stationed in Europe.
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