Siehe auch > Die britische Estland-Operation “Cabrit” im Bild
Offenbar klingt die schwere Ukraine-Krise nicht ganz so schnell ab, wie das Neunmalkluge glauben. In London lässt Premier Boris Johnson verlauten: Die britische Armee verdoppelt ihre Präsenz in Europa. Gleichzeitig warnt Johnson Russland vor dem Einmarsch in die Ukraine.
Der zuverlässige britische Dienst Forces hält mit Stand 26. Januar 2022 die NATO-Präsenz im östlichen und südöstlichen Europa wie folgt fest (Wortlaut im Original)
The NATO military alliance has a range of missions ongoing across the globe.
Formed from 30 states, including key players such as the US, France, Canada and the UK, forces can be rotated in strategic areas to bolster security with allies and partners.
We’ve explored the current operations falling under NATO control.
Since 2015, British military personnel have helped support Ukraine against Russian aggression, training thousands of students, some of whom are volunteers, in key medical and infantry skills.
A rotated British force on Operation Orbital shares expertise on counter-sniping, mortar planning, anti-armour, counter-Improvised Explosive Devices and logistics.
The show of support followed Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.
NATO has announced it is sending additional ships and fighter jets to eastern Europe as more recent tensions with Russia on the border of Ukraine continue to mount.
Baltics and Poland
NATO commits to 24/7 air policing missions to secure the skies above Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.
These Baltic states do not have the capability to police their own skies, so allies step in to ensure each member is offered the same level of protection.
Alliance fighter jets have repeatedly intercepted Russian aircraft violating airspace boundaries.
Combat-ready NATO troops are also stationed in the Baltic states and Polandunder NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) to deter Russian forces from potential invasion.
This formation also followed the annexation of Crimea and sees light battlegroup forces in Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Estonia – the latter sees a rotated British force on Operation Cabrit.
Kosovo has about 3,500 NATO troops deployed to the country as part of NATO’s Kosovo Force (KFOR).
The mission has been running since 1999 to ensure peace and stability in the region, the alliance forces becoming smaller and more flexible as time goes on.
NATO air policing missions take place in Slovenia, Romania, Albania, Bulgaria and Montenegro.
The Netherlands is sending two F-35 jets to Bulgaria from April to bolster this activity in the face of Russian aggression on the border of Ukraine.
The Syrian crisis prompted NATO to augment Turkey’s air defence against ballistic missile threats in 2012.
In 2015, NATO added enhanced air patrols, reconnaissance, and a stronger naval presence in the Eastern Mediterranean.