U.S. to send 600 more troops to Romania

U.S. to send 600 more troops to Romania
# 01 April 2014 21:42 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The United States is to deploy 600 more marines in southeastern Romania, at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport Administrative Center, according to a letter Romanian President Traian Basescu sent on Tuesday to the parliament, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

According to the president, he approved a request of the United States concerning the deployment of elements of a U.S. marines unit called Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crises Response, consisting in up to 600 troops, and of several military aircrafts, according to the bilateral agreement on the activities of U.S. forces based on Romanian territory.

Following the new deployment, the total number of U.S. military in Romania reaches a maximum of 1,600 troops.

American soldiers in the summer of 2010 began to settle in the new base at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport, which can accommodate 1,600 troops.

The base was designed and equipped according to the U.S. standards, with a fund of 50 million dollars from the United States.

Currently, there are four U.S. military bases in southeastern Romania, including the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base, which has been heavily used by the United States to transport troops and equipment for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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