China News Agency, Brussels, March 24 (Reporter De Yongjian) In response to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, NATO held a special summit at its Brussels headquarters on the 24th and officially approved the addition of fighting in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia in four NATO east flank countries. group.

  On the morning of the 24th local time, the special summit kicked off, and the heads of the 30 NATO member countries including US President Biden were all present.

According to a communiqué issued by NATO afterward, the heads of the meeting approved the addition of four NATO multinational battle groups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, striving to "ensure the security and defense of all allies in all fields".

  NATO has not yet notified the size of the battle group, command structure and other information.

In mid-February this year, there were media reports surrounding the situation in Ukraine that NATO planned to add four battle groups in southeastern Europe. At that time, the size of each battle group was about 1,000 people.

  NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg said at the summit press conference that NATO already has four battle groups in the three Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Poland, plus the four additional battle groups approved by the summit, NATO will have Eight battle groups covering the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea.

  At the same time, the summit confirmed that NATO will "reset" its long-term deterrence and defense posture in land, sea, air and cyberspace, including deploying more ground troops to NATO's east flank, deploying more fighter jets in the air, and deploying more aircraft carrier battle groups, submarines, and ships at sea. , the specific details will be confirmed at the NATO Madrid summit in June this year.

  With regard to providing military assistance to Ukraine, the communique stated that the heads of NATO member states agreed to provide additional assistance to Ukraine, such as assisting Ukraine in maintaining cybersecurity and providing equipment to help Ukraine defend against "biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear threats". Consider sending peacekeepers to Ukraine," Stoltenberg reiterated that NATO has no intention of sending ground troops to Ukraine.

  In addition to the NATO special summit, on the afternoon of the 24th local time, the G7 summit was also held at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.

The communique issued by NATO later showed that Stoltenberg briefed the NATO special summit at the meeting, and the leaders of the G7 reiterated "solidarity" and pledged to work together to deal with the severe threats to the current transatlantic security.