Nato’s secretary general has confirmed it will bolster its defences against Russia, while attempting to avoid any unwarranted escalations in tension with Moscow.
On Tuesday, Jens Stoltenberg confirmed a Nato deployment plan to send four multinational battalions to the Baltic states and Poland, following backing from defence ministers who gathered for a two-day meeting in Brussels.
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Decisions are also expected on forming a new multinational unit of ground forces in Romania.
“Defending our territory and protecting our people – that is Nato’s primary responsibility,” said Mr Stoltenberg as he opened the ministers’ first working session on Tuesday afternoon.