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NATO beefs up eastern European defenses to assure allies

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 - 01:18

April 16 - NATO's top military commander says the alliance will bolster eastern European defenses to reassure allies on Russia's borders. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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NATO's top military commander says the alliance will beef up its eastern European defenses to reassure allies on Russia's borders. NATO's Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, Gen. Philip Breedlove says its all about defense. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATO'S SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER EUROPE, PHILIP BREEDLOVE, SAYING: "All the actions that we proposed and have been accepted today are clearly defensive in nature and I think it is going to be very straight forward to see them as defensive in nature." NATO is expected to bolster air power in the Baltics. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATO'S SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER EUROPE, PHILIP BREEDLOVE, SAYING: "We have seen a Russian force that exercised, brought itself to high readiness, positioned itself on a border, and then came across an international border and posed its will on a sovereign nation and now has annexed a portion of that sovereign nation. That changes things. We need to now take measures to assure our allies of our complete commitment to our Article 5 collective defense and that's what these measures today are about." His comments come as European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton arrives in Geneva ahead of talks with Russia, Ukraine and the U.S. to resolve the crisis.

NATO beefs up eastern European defenses to assure allies

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 - 01:18

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