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NATO Secretary General visits Mihail Kogălniceanu Military Base in Romania

NATO Secretary General visits MK Military Base, vows to protect allies from Russia

NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, has paid a visit to the Mihail Kogălniceanu Military Base (MK) in Romania to address Allied troops deployed for the security of Romania and the Black Sea Region.

The one-day trip became necessary as Russia continues to strengthen its military build-up on the borders of the Alliance.

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The Secretary General maintained that the Alliance is open to dialogue and urged Russia to invite it for a meeting again in the NATO-Russia Council.

Stoltenberg, however, warned that NATO would resist any pressure to compromise on the core principles of national sovereignty and its ability to protect all allies.

“There will never be first class and second class Allies in NATO”, he said, “there are only NATO Allies. United as one.” he said.

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The Sec Gen lauded Germany, Italy, and Spain for their contributions to help secure the airspace over the Black Sea region and also welcomed currently ongoing US’ deployment of 1,000 additional troops, which will increase the number of US service members operating from MK base to almost 2,000.

“This is a powerful demonstration of transatlantic unity”, the Secretary General said.