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NATO minister's meeting discusses expanding NATO flank forces on the eastern Ukraine

NATO defense ministers gathered Thursday to discuss ways to dissuade Russia from planning new attacks on those countries' eastern borders by bolstering forces and deterrence.

As a result of the Russian war in Ukraine since February, allies are rethinking their strategies and have agreed NATO forces should be dispatched to that flank to a greater extent. Troops and materials have already been deployed, and the government wants to ensure a long-term presence.

Allied allies will make decisions about their posture for the long run "to guarantee we can defend every inch of allied territory," said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

An alliance summit to be held in Madrid on June 29-30 will seek to set the alliance's course for the next several years. Defense ministers met ahead of the summit.

16 June 2022


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