Sat, 21 May 2022

BRUSSELS, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Allies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and jets to eastern Europe to reinforce the organization's presence in the region.

In the past days, Denmark, Spain, France, and the Netherlands are sending or planning sending ships, planes or troops to NATO's deployments in eastern Europe, NATO said in a statement on Monday.

The United States, said the statement, has also "made clear that it is considering increasing its military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance." Other countries already present on the ground include the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany.

"I welcome Allies contributing additional forces to NATO. NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in the statement.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday that the Russian military cannot ignore an increase in military activities of NATO as tensions regarding Ukraine have flared up.

The current escalation of tensions was caused by the United States and its NATO allies, who have launched a propaganda campaign full of lies against Russia, Peskov said.

NATO, the United States, and Ukraine have accused Russia of having assembled heavy troops near the eastern border of Ukraine with a possible intention of "invasion." Russia denied the accusation, saying it is feeling threatened by NATO's presence in its neighboring countries.

Attempts at solving the matter have been met with little results. The latest meeting between top Russian and U.S. diplomats last Friday in Geneva achieved no major breakthrough.

Also on Monday, the European Commission announced extra financial support of 1.2 billion euros (1.36 billion U.S. dollars) to address Ukraine's immediate and future needs "in these difficult circumstances."

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