NATO sends ships and fighter jets to eastern Europe

BRUSSELS (AP) – NATO says it’s putting extra forces on standby and sending more ships and fighter jets to eastern Europe as Russia continues its troop build-up near Ukraine.

It says it’s beefing up its “deterrence” presence in the Baltic Sea area.

A number of members of the 30-country military organization have offered troops and equipment. Denmark is sending a frigate to the Baltic Sea and deploying F-16 war planes to Lithuania. Spain is sending ships to join NATO’s standing maritime force and considering sending fighter jets to Bulgaria. France stands ready to send troops to Bulgaria, NATO said.