NATO will continue the operation of the " Atlantic preparedness ", said at a press conference at the Pentagon chief of the United NATO forces in the EU, us General Philip Breedlove.
" during this operation, we will continue to demonstrate a commitment to peace and stability in the region, the most in the light of Russian interference in Ukraine ", - said Breedlove. He said that North America has allocated an additional $ 1 billion to maintain its forces in the European Union. General Breedlove said that as part of the operation were sent warships into the Black sea, planes in Lithuania and ground forces in the Baltic States, Poland and Romania.
According to the General, He believes that the US military presence in the EU cannot be reduced." I think that the joint forces in the European Union is quite sufficient, not even considering the recent events in Ukraine, and we need to take a break and not to make a permanent reductions of existing forces. I think we may need to add additional forces on the basis of rotation to close continuous presence, what we currently planned, " said Breedlove.
Russia in connection with the events in Ukraine announced an unprecedented growth of military activity of NATO in the European Union.