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NATO's 'new Iron Curtain' as alliance commits extra troops at Madrid summit

Added 06-29-22 12:36:01pm EST - “The US will build its first permanent military base in Poland while deploying thousands more troops to Romania and the Baltics, while NATO is also boosting troop numbers on its eastern flank.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “NATO's 'new Iron Curtain' as allies commit extra troops at Madrid meet”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

America will deploy thousands more troops to Europe along with fighters, air defences and ships, Joe Biden announced today, as NATO reinforces its eastern flank in a new Iron Curtain to protect the continent from Russia. 

Joe Biden, speaking at a NATO summit in Madrid today, announced the creation of a new base for the US Fifth Army Corps in Poland - the first permanent American base in the country - along with 3,000 extra soldiers to be sent to Romania and 'enhanced' troop rotations for the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Two more squadrons of F-35 fighters will be deployed to the UK, Biden added, along with additional air defence systems for Germany and Italy, and another two destroyers which will be stationed at Rota Naval Station in Spain, bringing the total to six.

Meanwhile NATO formally invited Finland and Sweden to join the alliance after Turkey dropped its opposition, and announced it will boost troops on its eastern flank by almost 4,000 compared to March this year.

It comes after alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg yesterday announced NATO's high-alert force - troops which are not deployed but can be quickly sent into battle in the event of war - is being increased from 40,000 to 300,000.

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