NATO to Deploy 4 New Battlegroups to Eastern Europe, Warns of Consequences for Chemical Weapons Use

by | Mar 24, 2022

NATO to Deploy 4 New Battlegroups to Eastern Europe, Warns of Consequences for Chemical Weapons Use

by | Mar 24, 2022

stolternberg announces battlegroup

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has attended a ceremony in Latvia to welcome a new NATO battlegroup. via Dvids

NATO is preparing a military build-up along its Eastern flank, according to the civilian head of the alliance, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. The deployment will consist of four new battlegroups deployed to Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Romania. 

Battlegroups typically are made up of 1,000-1,500 soldiers. The trans-Atlantic alliance currently has similar deployments in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. Stoltenberg described the new security situation in Eastern Europe, “Along with our existing forces in the Baltic countries and Poland, this means that we will have eight multinational NATO battlegroups all along the eastern flank, from the Baltic to the Black Sea.” The alliance also has 140 warships at sea and 130 aircraft on high alert.

The Secretary-General said the Russian invasion had created a “new normal.” Stoltenberg has used the covid-era saying several times since the invasion of Ukraine to justify the aggressive NATO stance. 

The US currently has over 100,000 troops deployed to Europe and NATO has 40,000 multinational soldiers under its command. While most of the focus has been on ground forces, the aircraft carrier USS Truman has been increasingly active. Politico reports, “Since the invasion almost a month ago, these jets have flown more than 75 patrol missions across NATO’s eastern flank up to the Ukraine border, from the Truman.”

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro noted that Truman’s current role could allow it to be used as a weapon for another nation. 

“The role of Truman, with other allies, is to deter Russians from further aggression and to be on constant standby for orders that might be given from our president or from other leaders around the world for the protection of Ukraine and the people of Ukraine.”

With the increasing tenuous security situation in Eastern Europe, Western states continue to make evidenceless warnings that Russia is plotting a chemical weapons attack as a false flag. While no Western official has yet said their countries would go to war if weapons of mass destruction were used, Stoltenberg did say, “any use of chemical weapons would totally change the nature of the conflict, and it would be a blatant violation of international law and have far-reaching consequences.”

About Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone is news editor of the Libertarian Institute, opinion editor of Antiwar.com and co-host of Conflicts of Interest with Will Porter and Connor Freeman.

Our Books

libertarian inst books

Related Articles

Related

News Roundup 5/23/2024

News Roundup 5/23/2024

Gitmo Biden Abandoned Plan to Transfer 11 Detainess from Gitmo Over 'Political Optics' X Russia Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Drills Near Ukrainian Border The Institute  Speaker Johnson Thinks Ukraine Should Use US Weapons on Russian Territory AWC Estonia Says NATO...

read more
News Roundup 5/23/2024

News Roundup 5/22/2024

Russia Top US General Says There Are ‘No Plans’ To Send US Trainers to Ukraine AWC Zelensky Says NATO Should Shoot Down Russian Missiles Over Ukraine AWC China US Working with EU to Sanction China SCMP Israel Israel Seizes AP’s Equipment, Reverses Move After Pressure...

read more
News Roundup 5/23/2024

News Roundup 5/21/2024

Ukraine Zelensky Remains in Power Despite Presidential Term Expiring AWC Ukraine Pushes for US To Allow US Weapons To Be Used on Russian Territory AWC Iran Republican Iran Hawks Celebrate Death of Iranian President AWC Israel ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants for Israeli and...

read more
News Roundup 5/23/2024

News Roundup 5/20/2024

Ukraine Ukraine’s Latest Conscription Law Stretches Workforce The Institute  Zelensky Rejects Macron’s Proposal for an Olympic Truce With Russia AWC Putin Says Russia Creating ‘Buffer Zone’ in Kharkiv in Response to Ukrainian Attacks on Belgorod AWC Israel American...

read more
News Roundup 5/23/2024

News Roundup 5/17/2024

Australia  Military Whistleblower McBride Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison The Institute  Russia Xi Agrees To Deepen China-Russia Military Ties, Brushing Off US Warnings AWC Ukrainian Officials Ask NATO To Send Troops for Training Inside Ukraine AWC Zelensky...

read more
News Roundup 5/23/2024

News Roundup 5/16/2024

Ukraine Blinken Justifies Zelensky’s Decision To Cancel Ukrainian Elections AWC Blinken Announces $2 Billion in Military Aid for Ukraine as Russian Forces Advance AWC Estonia ‘Seriously’ Discussing Sending Troops to Ukraine AWC Europe Biden Signs Bill Banning Russian...

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This