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03 April 2023, 16:08

Opinion: Bucharest Nine's decisions contribute to tension in Eastern Europe

Andrei Chernobai
Andrei Chernobai

MINSK, 3 April (BelTA) - Calls to strengthen the U.S. military presence in Eastern Europe, voiced at the Bucharest Nine ministerial meeting in the Polish city of Lodz, contribute to an unprecedented level of tension in the region, a military analyst with the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Research (BISR) Andrei Chernobai told BelTA.

It is noteworthy that the U.S. invitation to deploy troops in all states on the eastern flank of NATO has been made in the run-up to the summit of the North Atlantic Alliance in Vilnius, whose decisions have already been announced in the Western media as the pivotal ones. We can assume that the upcoming forum in the Lithuanian capital in July will once again consider the increased military presence of the bloc's allies, including the United States, in Eastern European countries.

According to the analyst, openly provocative is the statement of Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu, who called for "doing everything possible to increase the U.S. presence in the region in terms of troops and hardware” and the one of Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu, who demanded to cancel the Russia-NATO Founding Act of 1997, which would open the way for NATO and the United States to station military bases in Eastern European countries not on a rotating but on a permanent basis.

The military and political situation in the region is changing rapidly, which only confirms the relevance of its assessment given by the Belarusian president during his Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly, as well as the legitimacy and expediency of measures taken by Minsk and Moscow to ensure the military security of the Union State, Andrei Chernobai said.

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