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    NATO Mulls Perma-Troops in East Europe

    NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander of the U.S. European Command General Philip Breedlove listens to a question during a news conference at the National Defence headquarters in Ottawa May 6, 2014. NATO will have to consider permanently stationing troops in eastern Europe as a result of the increased tension between Russia and Ukraine, the alliance's top military commander Breedlove said on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Chris Wattie (CANADA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTR3O279

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    It's mediation with guns. Because increased tensions between Russia and Ukraine might need long-term monitoring, NATO says it is considering placing permanent troops in Eastern Europe. There are currently short-term rotations in Eastern Europe that are set to depart by the year's end. The alliance's top commander told a news conference that in the months leading up to a September summit, the leaders will consider NATO's presence in Eastern Europe. "We need to look at our responsiveness, our readiness, and then our positioning of forces to be able to address this new paradigm that we have seen demonstrated in Crimea and now on the eastern border of Ukraine," U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said.

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