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NATO Chief: Rapid Reaction Force in E. Europe Does Not Violate Deal with Russia

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New NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of Norway touches the wing of an aircraft during his visit to the 32 Tactical Air Base in Lask, Poland, Oct 6, 2014.

New NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of Norway touches the wing of an aircraft during his visit to the 32 Tactical Air Base in Lask, Poland, Oct 6, 2014.

NATO's new chief, Jens Stoltenberg, says plans for a new rapid reaction force in Eastern Europe do not break a deal with Russia on military force levels.

Stoltenberg told the Reuters News Agency during a visit to Poland Monday that NATO is in accordance with its international obligations. He said NATO needs to stay strong, keep its neighborhood stable, and have a rock-solid bond between Europe and the United States.

Stoltenberg called this the best foundation for a more cooperative relationship with Russia.

NATO has agreed to form what it calls a rapid reaction force in Eastern Europe - a direct response to Russian action in Ukraine.

Moscow has said bolstering NATO forces in areas formally under the old Soviet sphere of influence would violate a post-Cold War agreement.

NATO has said it will not intervene militarily in Ukraine.

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