NATO launches new force in response to ‘Russian AGGRESSION’ in ‘New Cold War’ escalation

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

NATO has launched a new multinational force in Romania as a response to “Russian aggression” in the Crimean peninsula.

By MATT DRAKE
Express.co.uk
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

The force is a response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

It will initially compose of a Romanian force of up to 4,000 soldiers, supported by troops from nine other NATO countries and 900 US troops.

The recent tensions between NATO and Russia have led both sides to warn of a “New Cold War”.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis told the NATO Parliamentary Assembly of alliance lawmakers “our purpose is peace, not war”.

He added: “We are not a threat to Russia. But we need dialogue from a strong position of defence and discouragement.”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said: “We are sending a very clear message: NATO is here, NATO is strong and NATO is united.”

The NATO force aims to increase its presence in the Black Sea region which is rich in oil and gas to counter Russia’s own plans to create a military “buffer zone”.

Poland and Romania are the biggest troop contributors.

Bulgaria, Italy and Portugal will regularly train with the force in Craiova and Germany are expected to contribute.

A maritime presence will include more allied visits to Romania and Bulgarian ports as well as training exercises.

The UK is deploying fighter planes to Romania, Canada is helping patrol Romanian airspace and Italian planes are helping patrol over Bulgaria.

Nato has said that the multinational model recalls allied support for West Berlin in the 1950s when the presence of British, French and US forces deterred the Soviet Union from taking control of all of Berlin.

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