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Russia-Ukraine tensions, NATO 'shields' with Eastern European fighter jets

Russia-Ukraine tensions, NATO 'shields' with Eastern European fighter

NATO has sent additional forces, including ships and fighter jets, to Eastern Europe to be on standby to prevent a Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that he welcomes all allies to contribute to the increase of NATO forces in Eastern Europe.

"I welcome allies who contribute additional forces to NATO. NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all allies, including strengthening the eastern part of the Alliance. "We will always respond to any deterioration of our security environment, including strengthening our collective defenses," Stoltenberg said.

Britain said it was withdrawing some staff and subordinates from its embassy in Ukraine in response to "a growing threat from Russia", a day after the United States said it was ordering members of the diplomats' families to leave.

US diplomats at the embassy in Kiev were being allowed to leave voluntarily.

Tensions over Ukraine have contributed to a rise in oil, most recently Russia-US. the talks on friday failed to produce any major progress.

Russia is demanding that NATO withdraw a promise to allow Ukraine's membership one day and that the alliance withdraw troops and weapons from former communist countries in Eastern Europe that joined after the Cold War.

Washington says these demands are not initial, but is ready to discuss other ideas on gun control, missile deployment and confidence-building measures.

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