NATO is encircling Russia

NATO’s on notice in Ukraine crisis: What’s next?

Jan 29, 2022

Romania has long wanted a NATO battlegroup on its territory, similar to those mustered for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014.

Thanks in no small part to Moscow’s renewed massing on Ukraine’s border, the Black Sea nation is likely to see such a presence approved when alliance defense ministers meet in mid-February.

France has expressed interest in leading the new deployment, and this week French Defense Minister Florence Parly, on a visit to Bucharest, announced a group of experts was already arriving in Romania to begin mapping it out.

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