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NATO sending more ships, jets to Eastern Europe

NATO sending more ships, jets to Eastern Europe Author: Lockheed Martin; License: All rights reserved.

SOFIA (Bulgaria), January 24 (SeeNews) - The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) said on Monday that it is sending more ships and fighter jets and putting new forces on standby to the organisation's deployments in Eastern Europe in order to "enhance deterrence and defence" as Russia continues its military build-up in and around Ukraine.

The Netherlands is sending two F-35 fighter aircraft to Bulgaria from April and is putting a ship and land-based units on standby for NATO’s Response Force, the organisation said in a statement.

Spain is sending ships to join NATO's naval forces and is considering sending fighter jets to Bulgaria, while France has expressed its readiness to send troops to Romania under NATO command, the statement read.

Denmark is sending a frigate to the Baltic Sea and is set to deploy four F-16 fighter jets to Lithuania.

The US has also made clear that it is considering increasing its military presence in the eastern part of the alliance, NATO said.

In response to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO increased its presence in the eastern part of the alliance.

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