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NATO may build headquarters in Slovakia

NATO intends to build more regional headquarters with two possibly to be built in Slovakia and Hungary.

(Source: Sme)

The plans are to be decided at a defence ministers’ meeting in Brussels on 8 October. This was confirmed by a spokesman for the military alliance, the Trend weekly wrote on its website citing DPA newswire.

Already at last year's NATO summit Slovakia offered the building of a NATO logistics centre in the country, but Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico refused the construction of a permanent base.  

In response to tense relations between the West and Russia, NATO has been considerably strengthening its positions at its eastern border. Earlier this year, the establishment of six headquarters in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania was decided. They should be full operational in July 2016. Re-distribution of the alliance’s collective defence forces has been the strongest since the end of the Cold War.

The new headquarters will serve, among others, as planning and coordinating centres for training missions of the new rapid reaction force. Simultaneously they should demonstrate support to eastern members of NATO fearing ambitions of Russia to expand its influence. 

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