Obama changed the commander of NATO forces in Europe


On a post of the commander of the United NATO forces in Europe, traditionally well as steering the European command of the armed forces of the United States, Scaparrotti will be replaced by General Philip Breedlove, the press service of the Alliance. It is expected that a ceremony will be held in the Belgian city of Mons, where the headquarters of the command, in the spring of this year.

Scaparrotti still served as commander of American forces in Korea. Prior to that, he participated in peacekeeping operations in Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Rwanda. He spent several years in Afghanistan, where he joined the command of American military forces.

The Stars and Stripes, depicting the work of the Pentagon, communicates the appointment of Scaparrotti a need to strengthen the Eastern borders of NATO in Europe, and discussion of quick response in the event of a crisis involving Russia. The newspaper believes that the General might use his Korean experience, where, he said, the goal of the U.S. and South Korea was to “deter aggression”.

“We have pent-up aggression from the DPRK by ensuring the readiness of our forces to join the battle at any time. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the Alliance between the U.S. and South Korea,” said Scaparrotti at a press conference in 2014.

Breedlove, who will leave his post this spring, topped the European NATO command in 2013. After the annexation of Crimea, he was criticized Russia, calling its actions in Ukraine “revanchist”.

Stars and Stripes indicates that Scaparrotti in Korea also differed hard remarks against the DPRK. The publication suggests that the new place of work, the General can still retain the style of the performances.