Boosting NATO’s presence in the east and southeast

  • Last updated 31-Oct-2016 11:47

An important component of NATO’s strengthened deterrence and defence posture is military presence in the eastern and southeastern parts of Alliance territory. Allies are implementing the 2016 Warsaw Summit decisions to establish NATO’s forward presence in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland and to develop a tailored forward presence in the Black Sea region.


  • NATO is enhancing its forward presence in the eastern part of the Alliance, with four multinational battalions in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, on a rotational basis.
  • These battalions, led by the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the United States respectively, will be robust, multinational, combat-ready forces demonstrating the strength of the transatlantic bond, and making clear that an attack on one Ally would be considered an attack on the whole Alliance.
  • It is part of the biggest reinforcement of Alliance collective defence in a generation.
  • NATO is also developing a tailored forward presence in the southeast of Alliance territory with a land element built around a multinational framework brigade, under Multinational Division Southeast in Romania and coordinated multinational training through the Combined Joint Enhanced Training Initiative.  
  • NATO is also increasing its presence in the Black Sea on land, at sea and in the air with several Allies ready to contribute with forces and capabilities.