Mar 8, 2015
Portuguese F-16 Jets Will Head to Romania for NATO Mission in May
Portugal said it has approved a request from Romanian Prime Minister to allow the planes and troops into the country.
Romania, which is on NATO's eastern flank, has hosted foreign troops and missions from other member countries since the Ukraine crisis broke out at the end of 2013. This is the first time Portuguese troops come to the country.
NATO decided earlier this month to set up command-and-control centers in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria in response to challenges from Russia and Islamic extremists.
In an emergency, the centers will help speed up the arrival of the new quick-reaction force as well as later NATO reinforcements.
FBI chief, who visited Romania Tuesday, said cyber security and fighting corruption and terrorism are priorities for both the U.S. and Romania.