What an excellent start for the new NATO head.. speaking clearly.. and factually and very strongly, pointing out the obvious transgressions in the east and not being afraid of the reactions..At this point Cameron and Stoltenberg have become two leading voices globally in confronting the problems with Russia and ISIS in the Middle East.
Europe takes a bigger lead internationally.. while Obama is a huge embarrassment..
(Read the whole story.. it’s recommended..)
(Reuters) – NATO’s plan to beef up its military presence in eastern Europe does not violate a post-Cold War deal struck with Russia on military force levels in the region, new alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said on a visit to Poland on Monday.
At an air force base in central Poland, Stoltenberg said he was committed to implementing a plan for a new “spearhead” rapid reaction force, conceived to reassure NATO member states in eastern Europe alarmed by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.
Moscow has said this increased military presence on its western flank could violate a 1997 agreement on the type and size of forces NATO can station in former Soviet states.
Asked about the pact in an interview at the Lask air force base, Stoltenberg told Reuters that NATO’s increased military presence was in accordance with the U.S.-led bloc’s international obligations.
“There is no contradiction between more military presence in this area and also respecting the rule-based international order,” said Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister.
(…) “We need to keep NATO strong, we need to help keep our neighborhood stable in cooperation with our partners and we need a rock-solid bond between the United States and Europe.
“That creates the best foundation for a more constructive, more cooperative relationship with Russia,” Stoltenberg said.