NATO erects new Iron Curtain against Russia as Putin’s aggression grows

American president Joe Biden is sending thousands more troops to Europe to help NATO form a new Iron Curtain designed to protect other countries from a Russian invasion.

Speaking at the NATO summit in Madrid, Biden also vowed to send fighter jets, air defences and ships to a new military base in Poland, with US soldiers being also deployed in Romania, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – other nations deemed vulnerable to a Vladimir Putin attack following his invasion of Ukraine.

Finland and Sweden, meanwhile, were formally invited to join the NATO alliance at the meeting with Turkey dropping their opposition to the body's expansion.

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In addition, NATO has pledged to boost troop numbers by 4,000 on the critical eastern flank of the alliance, while the organisation's high-alert force – consisting of soldiers who have not been deployed but would be immediately ready for battle should war across Europe break out – has been increased from 40,000 to 300,000.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has responded to all the measures by claiming NATO expansion will be "destabilising" for Europe.

The Iron Curtain phrase was first used by Winston Churchill and referred to the manner in which the old Soviet Union and its allies sealed off contact with the West following World War Two.

"Together with our allies we're going to make sure that NATO is ready to meet the threats from all directions across every domain," Biden said in Spain.

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"In a moment where Putin has shattered peace in Europe and attacked the very, very tenets of rule-based order, the United States and our allies, we're going to step up. We're stepping up, proving that NATO is more needed now than it ever has been."

The military base in Poland will be the first of its kind to be permanently stationed in the country.

Though Ukraine does not belong to NATO, it is surrounded by member countries of the alliance, who have been supplying weapons to help fend off the Russians.

In response, Moscow has warned of the potential for a "de-facto" war against NATO.

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