NATO Likely to Bolster Troop Presence in Eastern Europe

Headline Roundup March 23rd, 2022

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the defense alliance would likely deploy four new battle groups to Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia. 

The remarks came as President Joe Biden traveled to Europe for a Thursday summit of all 30 NATO countries. The additional troops would double the number of battle groups along NATO’s eastern flank. According to a CNBC (Center) report, 100,000 of the total 140,000 NATO troops deployed in Europe came from the U.S. Furthermore, an anonymous senior NATO official told the Associated Press (Center) that an estimated 7,000 to 15,000 Russian troops had died in Ukraine. 

Coverage was mostly balanced but more common in center and left-rated outlets on Wednesday.

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NATO leaders are set to approve major increases in the number of forces stationed in Eastern Europe during an upcoming emergency summit, according to NATO’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, who indicated four new battle groups would likely be placed in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.

“I expect leaders will agree to strengthen NATO’s posture in all domains, with major increases in the eastern part of the alliance on land, in the air and at sea,” Stoltenberg said during a press conference before the summit.

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NATO is doubling its battlegroups on the alliance’s eastern flank in response to Russia’s continuing war in Ukraine, the group’s secretary general said on Wednesday, a day ahead of major summits in which President Biden will meet with European allies in Brussels.

The secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, also focused on what import Russia’s potential use of any chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine could hold for NATO, saying that such use would “fundamentally change the nature of the conflict.” And he upped the rhetoric on China’s role in bringing the...

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday the alliance is likely to bolster troops along its eastern flank, deploying four new battle groups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia.

“I expect leaders will agree to strengthen NATO’s posture in all domains, with major increases in the eastern part of the alliance on land, in the air and at sea,” Stoltenberg said during a press conference ahead of the NATO leaders summit in Brussels.

Since the Kremlin’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, NATO has readied 140,000 troops in the region and mobilized a...

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