NATO military deployments in eastern Europe
May 5, 2022 - NATO has 40,000 troops under its direct command in eastern Europe, up from 4,000 before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Eight countries now host NATO battlegroups – twice the number previously.
In recent days, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped up his rhetoric regarding a possible strike on NATO members – a move that would almost certainly trigger Article 5, the alliance’s mutual defence pact, and most likely precipitate a world war. He has accused the alliance of both intimidation and fighting a proxy war against him in Ukraine through billions of dollars in weapons supplies, according to a Financial Times article.
Today, NATO’s eastern flank states, from the Baltics in the north, down to Bulgaria on the Black Sea, currently boast about 330,000 troops: national armies bolstered by reinforcements from western Europe, the U.S. and Canada. In addition to land forces, as many as 130 NATO aircraft are on high alert, and about 150 warships patrol the seas, the FT said.