"We must constantly create the conditions for negotiations. I think it's very important," said Merkel after a meeting with Prime Minister of Latvia Maris Kuchinskis on Friday, April 29, in Berlin.
In mid-April took place the first over the past two years, a meeting of the NATO Council — Russia. The Alliance suspended the dialogue with Moscow because of the conflict around Ukraine. Now, however, NATO is in parallel with the resumption of negotiations with Russia is preparing for a significant military build-up in the four member countries bordering on Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
It became known yesterday that NATO plans to deploy in Lithuania, the battalion numbering up to 1,000 troops. This will include battalion and a company of the Bundeswehr numbering between 150 to 250 soldiers. Angela Merkel stressed that the increased military presence on the Eastern flank of the Alliance does not contradict the founding act NATO — Russia from 1997 that prohibits NATO to deploy "significant numbers of troops" on the territory of individual countries — the former members of the Warsaw Pact on a permanent basis.
NATO stresses that the troops will be stationed in Poland and the Baltic States on a rotational basis. The Alliance also believes that the subject of the dislocation of the contingents could be called "significant".