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NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana said on Sunday that in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Atlantic Alliance was no longer bound by its old commitments to Moscow not to deploy its forces in Europe. eastern.

The founding act on relations betweenNATO and Russia, signed 25 years ago, included measures aimed at prevent any concentration of conventional forcesespecially in Central and Eastern Europe.

By attacking Ukraine and severing all dialogue with the Alliance, Russia has itself invalidated the content of this founding actunderlined Mr. Geoana in an interview with theAFP in Vilnius.

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The founding act simply does not work, because of Russia, he estimated. According to the Deputy Secretary General of theNATOthe Alliance no longer has no restrictions to acquire a robust posture on the eastern flank.

Decisions in June

In 2017, theNATO has already deployed multinational battle groups to the Baltic states and Poland to deter Russia, then sent reinforcements after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February.

The Baltic States want a presence of theNATO even more important and ask him in particular to develop brigades, instead of smaller battlegroups.

The Ministers of Defense of the member countries of theNATO will meet in mid-June to discuss this issue, and Alliance leaders are expected to sanction the decisions during the summit in Madrid at the end of the same month.

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