NATO strengthens east European flank as Russia denounces ‘hysteria’

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By Dmitry Antonov and Sabine Siebold MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO said on Monday it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets, in what Russia denounced as an escalation of tensions over Ukraine. Welcoming a series of deployments announced by alliance members in recent days, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the alliance.” The move was a further signal that the West is bracing for Russia to attack it…

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