Britain to boost its military presence in E. Europe to ‘strengthen NATO’

Sunday, June 21, 2015
By Paul Martin
June 21, 2015

British soldiers and fighter jets are going to do longer reassurance missions in Eastern Europe to send signals to President Putin on NATO member states’ commitment to collective defense, Britain’s Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Sunday.

“We have to continue to strengthen NATO,” Fallon said, speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

The reason for strengthening the alliance presence in new NATO member states was cited as “saber rattling” by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“It is very important we keep sending Putin this message that we are determined in our commitment to the collective defense of NATO,” Fallon said.

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