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NATO To Increase Military Buildup Along Russian Border

Sofia News Agency
April 1, 2014

NATO Mulls Stepping Up Security at Borders with Russia

NATO’s Foreign Ministers are to meet on Monday and discuss measures that could be taken at borders between Russia and member states.

It will be the first such gathering since Crimea’s incorporation into Russia in mid-March, which followed a referendum that approved secession from Ukraine.

In the weeks after Crimea’s move, NATO members raised concerns over a Russian troops’ buildup at the Eastern borders of Ukraine.

Even though a partial pullback was ordered by Russia, soldiers are still reportedly amassed near Ukraine, with NATO officials warning against possible “aggression” in other regions of the country or even other ex-Soviet states.

Setting up permanent military bases in the Baltic states has also been quoted as an option.

Talks with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchitsya are also due to take place during the meeting, as the alliance will seek ways to support Ukraine with its defense reforms, the BBC has reported.

Over the past two months, security has virtually been beefed up at NATO-Russia borders, with military drills and reconnaissance flights covering the territories of most alliance members neighboring Russia or Ukraine, starting with the Baltic states and ending with the Black Sea coasts of Romania and Bulgaria.

The EUObserver has revealed that Germany has stated readiness to increase security measures at Russian borders with flights to patrol the airspace over Romania and Poland. Berlin could also take part in training flights within NATO’s air policing mission over the Baltic states.

Apart from discussing Ukraine, the two-day summit in NATO’s HQ in Brussles is also to mark the tenth anniversary of the alliance’s biggest enlargement in 2004, in which Bulgaria also took part.

Bulgarian TV channel bTV, citing diplomatic sources, has suggested that other enlargement moves by NATO, though not on the agenda this week, could be discussed in the summer.

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  1. Ljiljana
    April 1, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Russia protecting its own borders is termed “aggression”. Keeping its long time warm water naval port critical to defense of country is aggression. Yet US/NATO conducting “military drills and reconnaissance flights covering the territories of most alliance members neighboring Russia or Ukraine” and expediting setup of new military bases in the Baltics is not aggression or provocation. Every land is theirs to grab? The sleight of hand is spectacular.

    The US/NATO activities within Ukraine borders when there is currently no legally elected government are not being called out for what they are – an occupation.These forces should not be there unless the people of Ukraine approve it. That has clearly not happened. The overthrow of government was extraconstitutional and carried out by a violent minority. Ukraine is a non-aligned bloc and by law of sovereign nation would only join NATO through people’s referendum. What are these forces really there for?

    Notice Yulia’s Maidan call for investigation of Maidan shootings “you should go after them” and calls for prosecution of Yanukovich have disappeared. Why? A crime scene is a crime scene. What progress has been made on the arresting the Maidan sniper? Rule of law is off radar unless it is politically convenient?

    US and EU citizens should be asking these questions and stop swallowing whole the spoon fed lies of the MSM. Think for yourself and try critical thinking.

  2. rosemerry
    April 1, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    “In the weeks after Crimea’s move, NATO members raised concerns over a Russian troops’ buildup at the Eastern borders of Ukraine.”
    So a nation being surrounded by NATO bases is considered a threat when it has troops next door to its violent-coup-ridden neighbour???
    NATO is the most extreme threat to peace of modern times.

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