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Moscow threatens to retaliate against regional NATO unification

“The response will, as always, be proportionate and appropriate to neutralize potential threats to the security of the Russian Federation,” Interfax quoted Oleg Tyapkin, head of the Russian Foreign Affairs Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry, as saying. Reuters to me.

Nine Central and Eastern European countries on Friday called on NATO to bolster its eastern flank in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. bulgaria, czech republic, estonia, HungaryThe leaders of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia met in the Romanian capital Bucharest less than three weeks before the NATO summit in Madrid.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said at the opening of the meeting, which was co-chaired by his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda. The island.

The heads of state of the East, referred to as the Nine Nations in Bucharest, will discuss the impact of the Russian invasion on the security of NATO’s “vulnerable partners”, including Moldova and Georgia, at a summit next week.

Joe Biden, in a phone conversation with his US counterpart, Polish President Andrzej Duda, on Wednesday reiterated the US commitment to the security of NATO’s eastern flank, and the White House hopes the Bucharest meeting will be “a success.”

In 2017, NATO deployed combat groups of military units from several countries to the Baltic states and Poland to deter Russia. After Russia occupied Ukraine in February, the military coalition sent reinforcements there. Last month, US Under-Secretary-General Mircea Guyana said that NATO was no longer bound by previous commitments to refrain from deploying troops from Eastern Europe.

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