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Nine NATO States Urge Alliance to Shore Up Its Eastern Flank

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Romanian President Klaus Iohannis

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis

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Nine NATO member states in eastern Europe urged the military alliance to boost its presence in the region to address increased security threats stemming from Russia, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said.

After an online meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden and the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, the countries agreed to maintain a joint stance during the alliance’s summit next month to highlight the importance of the region stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea.