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Breedlove Says NATO May Need Permanent Troops in East Europe

Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s top military commander, said Russia’s actions in Ukraine have created a “new paradigm” in Europe that may require a revaluation of how the military alliance operates on the continent.

Options include positioning permanently troops in eastern Europe, Breedlove said at a press conference in Ottawa.

“We will look at some of those tougher questions about are we positioned correctly in Europe,” Breedlove said. “I think we need to look at our responsiveness, our readiness and then our positioning of forces to be able to address this new paradigm that we have seen demonstrated in Crimea and now on the eastern border of Ukraine.”

Asked specifically about permanent troops in eastern Europe, Breedlove said: “I think this is something we have to consider and we will tee this up for discussion through the leaderships of our nations.”

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