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    NATO Central, Eastern European Regional Summit Begins Wednesday

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    Nine NATO country heads of state and government will meet in Bucharest, Romania, at the alliance’s Central and Eastern European Regional Summit on Wednesday to discuss a stronger NATO presence in the region.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The summit will be co-chaired by NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and Polish leader Andrzej Duda.

    Leaders of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are also expected to participate in the event.

    NATO members agreed in February to establish six command and control units in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania to facilitate rapid deployment of a Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.

    Romania will also host a new deployable Multinational Division Headquarters for the southeast. Poland will station a similar center for the northeast.

    Russia warned that an increase in NATO forces near its border is provocative and a threat to regional and global stability.

    The Bucharest meeting will precede a July 2016 NATO summit of all member country heads of state and government, in Warsaw.

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