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Nato won't deploy military reinforcement in the Baltic States and confronts the Netherlands

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are worried about possible Russian adventurism

The Alliance gives a negative answer to the request of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to strengthen NATO military presence by a greater deployment of soldiers and by use of American air defense systems to face Russia. According to Nato General Jens Stoltenberg, an increase in protection measures in the Baltic region is not foreseen. Obviously there's no doubt that he wants to develop security measures if necessary.

The Baltic countries governments, militarily occupied and integrated into the USSR from the Second World War's end to the 1990s, were able to take advantage of four multinational battalions used as a rapid force last year in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania against possible Russian adventurous intents. The US military had also sent a Patriot missile system to Lithuania for military exercise.

During the visit to The Hague held yesterday waiting for the NATO summit that will take place on July 11th and 12th in Brussels, NATO Secretary General met the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and thanked him for his valuable contribution in favor of Alliance security. Convinced that NATO should always be ready to dispose of forces quickly, Stoltenberg also had the opportunity to meet the Minister for Foreign Affairs Stef Blok, the Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld and other parliamentarians.

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