More than 9.5 thousand French soldiers will be mobilized or put on alert due to the situation in Ukraine, of which 1.5 thousand soldiers will participate in missions to strengthen NATO on the eastern flank, Agence France-Presse reports with reference to the General Staff.

According to him, about 500 French soldiers will be stationed in Romania. 300 French soldiers are already in Estonia and about 100 more will arrive accompanied by four Mirage 2000-5 fighters, which, according to a military source of the agency, are designed to “strengthen the air defense of the Baltic states.” About 600 military personnel are also involved in flying over Poland, since February 24, France has been participating in the “protection of the Polish sky” and performs two departures a day.

“More than 1.5 thousand French soldiers will directly participate in missions to strengthen NATO’s position on the eastern flank,” said a source of the agency in the French General Staff.

Кроме того, около 8000 французских военнослужащих находятся “в состоянии боевой готовности в составе сил быстрого реагирования НАТО”, сообщил источник.