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NATO Seeking More Permanent Troop Deployments In Baltics, Blinken Tells Lithuania

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Mar 07, 2022 - 04:40 PM

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday downplayed the possibility of establishing a no-fly zone in Ukraine, despite the please of both Zelensky and US Congressional hawks. However, he did say the Biden administration is eyeing more "permanent troop deployments" in the Baltic region.

Blinken said the US is "looking at questions of more permanent deployments" in response to a reporter's question. "We’re continuously reviewing within NATO our defense posture, including looking at questions of extending the deployment of forces, looking at questions of more permanent deployments," Blinken said while on an official visit to Lithuania. 

During the press conference alongside Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, Blinken described that "All of that is under regular review, and we’re engaged with NATO Allies in doing just that."

And the US top diplomat reemphasized Biden's prior pledge that Washington stands ready to defend every inch of NATO soil. 

“When it comes to NATO, the line is very clear,” pointing to article five of the North Atlantic Treaty.

“If there is any aggression anywhere on NATO territory, on NATO countries, we the United States, all of our allies and partners, will take action to defend every inch of NATO territory,” Blinken said. “It’s as clear and direct as that.”

The White House over the weekend said it's working to transfer Russian-made MiG fighters from Warsaw to Kiev - something which the Polish government has since tried to publicly distance itself from - perhaps worried about invoking the wrath of Russia at this sensitive point when the whole region is on a war footing. 

Since even before the Russian invasion last month, Washington's Baltic allies have been key in transferring anti-tank and increasingly anti-aircraft weapons to Kiev.

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