MOSCOW (Sputnik) — NATO will maintain increased presence in the Baltic states and Eastern Europe "as long as necessary," the organization is prepared to protect all of its allies, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Canadian CBC broadcaster on Sunday.
"It's not possible… to give you exact date for that [staying in Eastern Europe]. We will stay there as long as necessary," Stoltenberg said, when asked how long NATO would keep up increased presence in the Baltic states and Ukraine.
Stoltenberg also said that NATO was prepared to protect all of its allies in case of any threat and was adapting to new challenges.
"We are stepping up, we are increasing the readiness of our forces. We are deploying for the first time in our history forces in the eastern part of the alliance… We are also strengthening our ability to move forces across Europe, but also across the North Atlantic," Stoltenberg said.
Stoltenberg said that NATO's largest operation was in Afghanistan, and its role was to "prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for international terrorists."
The NATO chief also mentioned the alliance's participation in the fight against Daesh terror group.