US to boost troops at Romania airbase increasing NATO's military presence in Eastern Europe
Washington has used the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base on the Black Sea in eastern Romania, not far from the Crimea peninsula, since 1999.
According to the source, this move is part of NATO’s efforts to increase its military presence in Eastern Europe.
"The US embassy in Bucharest has asked for support from Romanian authorities to expand current operations at the Mihail Kogalniceanu base," Basescu said in a letter to the speaker of Romania's lower house of parliament.
"Mihail Kogalniceanu" base was used, in particular, as a staging post for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.