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NATO has rejected Russia’s request to withdraw from Bulgaria and Romania

“We reject the idea of ​​establishing any spheres of influence in Europe,” said an Alliance spokeswoman.

NATO has rejected Russia’s request to withdraw Allied troops and close bases in Bulgaria and Romania, spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said, commenting on a request made by the Russian Foreign Ministry to the Alliance.

“NATO will not jeopardize the Allies’ ability to defend and defend each other, including the presence of troops in the eastern part of the Alliance.”

said Lungescu.

She added that satisfying Russia’s request would create first- and second-class NATO members, and that they would not accept such a thing.

“We reject the idea of ​​establishing any spheres of influence in Europe. We will always respond to the deterioration of our security environment, including the strengthening of our collective defense. “NATO is on high alert and continues to assess the need to strengthen the eastern part of our Alliance.”

said Lungescu.

A comment was posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website on the question of what it means for Bulgaria and Romania to ask Russia to return NATO to its pre-1997 state.

The commentary states that Russia wants foreign forces, equipment and weapons to withdraw and take further steps to restore order in countries that were not on the path to NATO membership in 1997.

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