On Saturday, October 22, it became known that the NATO member country Spain will send 14 of its fighters to Bulgaria and Romania to strengthen the eastern flank of the Alliance.
This is reported by the publication AFP.
Madrid will send six Eurofighter jets and 130 soldiers to Bulgaria between mid-November and early December to train local forces, the Spanish defense ministry said in a statement.
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October 20, 2022, 6:00 p.m
The country’s military department added that as part of a further deployment, eight F18M fighter jets and 130 Air Force personnel will be sent to Romania between December and March 2023 as part of NATO’s response and deterrence strategy.
It is noted that since October 17, a long-range aerial surveillance radar has also been deployed in Romania, which may remain in the country until the end of June 2023.
At the same time, the statement says that Spain will also strengthen the missions of its Air Force, which is part of the “air shield”. The country has already sent 12 fighter jets to NATO’s eastern members – Bulgaria, Lithuania and Estonia – after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
We will remind that NATO is conducting nuclear deterrence exercises from October 17 to 30. They involved 14 countries and up to 60 aircraft.
Earlier, Italy raised fighter jets over Russian planes near Poland.
It also became known that Romania will help Ukraine and Moldova under the NATO program.