The NATO Council approved the nomination of General Curtis, Scaparrotti to the post of commander of allied powers in Europe. In this position he will replace General Philip Breedlove. The official entry of Scaparrotti in the post, whose candidacy for approval was presented by President Barack Obama, scheduled for spring of this year, reports the press serviceof the Alliance.
Until recently, Scaparrotti served as commander of American forces in South Korea. During his career he has been personally involved in numerous operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Liberia.
Breedlove, outgoing, topped the European NATO command in 2013. It is expected that the solemn ceremony of transfer of authority held in the Belgian city of Mons, where the headquarters of the command, in the spring of this year.
The head of the Pentagon Ashton Carter has congratulated Scaparrotti with the appointment and noted his success as a “soldier in the public service”. Carter also expressed confidence that the General has all the necessary qualities that will help him in doing his work in Europe with our American partners, says Stars and Stripes.
Journalists note that in the last two years the activities of the NATO command in Europe was mainly to counter the “aggressive and unpredictable Russia.” In particular, the United States has increased European military contingent rapid response up to 40 thousand people, significantly strengthening its position on the borders of Eastern Europe.
We will remind that this week in an interview with CNN, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that Russia is trying to intimidate its neighbors and to divide NATO, adding that Moscow is engaged in it “for a long time”, thus, in his view, attempts to create division while did not succeed.
“We gave the answer to that, rallying the ranks in the Alliance and bringing our military policies into line with the new conditions in the sphere of security”, – said the NATO Secretary General, stating that the Alliance is concerned about the actions of Russia in Syria.