May 18, 2022

Italy to lead NATO combat unit in Bulgaria, to send up to 800 troops

Italy will take over the leadership of a new NATO combat unit that is being set up in Bulgaria….

Italy could deploy up to 800 troops and military equipment in the Black Sea country….

The government also allowed the participation of 40 troops from Albania. The United States and Britain have already agreed to provide one company each to the Bulgarian battle group. A company typically numbers between 150 and 200 soldiers.

NATO, which has already beefed up its eastern flank to 40,000 troops spread from the Baltic to the Black Sea, agreed in March to set up new combat units in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.