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NATO proposes a major force expansion in Europe to address the long-term threat posed by Russia

By Liz Sly and Emily Rauhala

16 Mar 2022 · 4 min read

NATO defense ministers explored an ambitious new plan for the expansion of the alliance's forces in Europe at a special meeting held in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss how to respond to the war in Ukraine without getting drawn into a wider conflict.

Citing the threat posed by the emergence of an expansionist Russia on Europe's doorstep, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the ministers discussed the long-term deployment of additional troops, warships and planes to the alliance's eastern flank funded by major increases in defense spending by NATO member governments.

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