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2,200 Romanian, US, British soldiers take part in NATO-approved exercises in eastern Romania

  • A Romanian TR-85M1 Bizon tank maneuvers at Smardan shooting range, near Galati, Romania, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Some 2,200 Romanian, U.S., British and Moldovan troops will take part in “Wind Spring 15” military exercises at a shooting range and an airbase near the Black Sea close to the border with Moldova and Ukraine, Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa confirmed Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT

    A Romanian TR-85M1 Bizon tank maneuvers at Smardan shooting range, near Galati, Romania, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Some 2,200 Romanian, U.S., British and Moldovan troops will take part in “Wind Spring 15” military exercises at a shooting range and an airbase near the Black Sea close to the border with Moldova and Ukraine, Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa confirmed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Romanian soldiers manning a MLI-84M armored personnel carrier look at a sheepherder as he guides his flock on the outskirts of Smardan shooting range, near Galati, Romania, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Some 2,200 Romanian, U.S., British and Moldovan troops will take part in “Wind Spring 15” military exercises at a shooting range and an airbase near the Black Sea close to the border with Moldova and Ukraine, Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa confirmed Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT

    Romanian soldiers manning a MLI-84M armored personnel carrier look at a sheepherder as he guides his flock on the outskirts of Smardan shooting range, near Galati, Romania, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Some 2,200 Romanian, U.S., British and Moldovan troops will take part in “Wind Spring 15” military exercises at a shooting range and an airbase near the Black Sea close to the border with Moldova and Ukraine, Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa confirmed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • An US soldier drives an armored vehicle at Smardan shooting range, near Galati, Romania, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Some 2,200 Romanian, U.S., British and Moldovan troops will take part in “Wind Spring 15” military exercises at a shooting range and an airbase near the Black Sea close to the border with Moldova and Ukraine, Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa confirmed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT

    An US soldier drives an armored vehicle at Smardan shooting range, near Galati, Romania, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Some 2,200 Romanian, U.S., British and Moldovan troops will take part in “Wind Spring 15” military exercises at a shooting range and an airbase near the Black Sea close to the border with Moldova and Ukraine, Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa confirmed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

Some 2,200 Romanian, U.S., British and Moldovan troops will take part in military exercises in Romania, close to the Ukrainian border, beginning this week.

"Wind Spring 15" will start Thursday and continue until April 30 at two locations in eastern Romania: the Mihail Kogalniceanu airbase near the Black Sea port of Constanta and the Smardan shooting range

Defense Minister Mircea Dusa said Wednesday that Romania will stage more than 340 exercises this year, many jointly organized with NATO and partners from the European Union.

Dusa said the exercises are part of a plan approved at NATO's 2014 summit to reinforce the eastern flank of NATO and the EU, which border Ukraine "We will permanently rotate troops on this flank," he said.