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    NATO has been building up in Eastern Europe since Crimea's March 2014 reunification with Russia, in response to what it calls the "aggressive" foreign policy by Moscow.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova — Countering alleged threat from Russia allows NATO to justify its existence, a Czech lawmaker in the European Parliament told Sputnik Tuesday.

    Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania will hold a summit November 3-4 in Bucharest to push for a stronger NATO presence in their countries, including the stationing of permanent military bases.

    "NATO is looking for new reasons of existence," Miloslav Ransdorf said.

    Lord Ismay, NATO's first Secretary General, has remarked that the purpose of NATO is "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down." Ransdorf explained that up to now, the United States "never left Europe, Germany is far from being down, only the pressure to keep Russia out remains."

    On August 6, Polish President Andrzej Duda called on NATO to increase its presence in the country during his first address to parliament. 

    A declaration calling for stationing additional permanent NATO bases in Eastern Europe will be discussed at a November summit in Romania's Bucharest, a Czech member of the European Parliament told Sputnik.

    Earlier, Krzysztof Szczerski, a foreign envoy for the Polish president, said NATO members Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will hold a summit in Bucharest November 3-4.

    "I cannot expect any wave of enthusiasm in Bucharest, despite the fact that the common declaration in favor of the bases will be orchestrated," Ransdorf said.

    NATO has been building up in Eastern Europe since Crimea's March 2014 reunification with Russia, in response to what it calls the "aggressive" foreign policy by Moscow.

    Russia has repeatedly stated that the bloc's increased activities near its borders undermine regional and international stability.

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