This week NATO will approve the deployment of four battalions to the Baltic States and Poland, according to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“We are going to approve the deployment of four reinforced international battalions to the Baltics and Poland,” Stoltenberg said at a press conference before a meeting of the Defense Ministers of NATO countries.
Each battalion will have between 500 and 1000 soldiers. NATO officials state that new military reinforcements are deployed in Eastern Europe in response to Russian actions in Ukraine and Baltics. The Baltic States, Estonian, Latvia and Lithuania, requested a stronger NATO presence in the region, referring to the potential Russian threats after it annexed the Crimea in 2014.