The NATO military alliance has signalled that it may create a long-term base near Russia after Moscow initiated a military operation in Ukraine.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană said he hoped the alliance could establish a long-term basis in Eastern Europe during a speech in Denmark.
According to the official, when Russia initiated a military operation in Ukraine, the 1997 Russia-NATO Creation Act has become null and void, and NATO will no longer be bound to comply.
The 1997 agreement was designed to increase confidence between Russia and NATO while also restricting both sides’ military deployment in Eastern Europe.
Geoană stated that during the NATO Summit, which will take place at the end of June, the leaders of the alliance’s member countries will be able to set goals “a shift in position, presence, and deterrent power NATO’s “threat” on the eastern flank, which includes “growing ground presence.” “..
“I can’t interfere with what the leaders will do, but I guess they will do just that,” Geoană said when asked if NATO leaders will opt to stop complying with the 1997 deal with Russia.
Following Moscow’s takeover of Crimea in 2014, NATO officials claim that Russia had previously annulled the 1997 pact.
Several NATO member countries, including Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, have asked for the establishment of a long-term base in Eastern Europe. Poland, according to Morawiecki, is prepared to create such facilities with permanent light infantry forces.
The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A. Milley, also suggested rotating US forces at permanent locations on NATO’s eastern border.
“An actual (military) presence is always a good deterrence against a specific threat.” My suggestion is for (NATO) to establish permanent bases but not permanent troops. Many of our European allies, I believe, are eager to create permanent bases.”