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Top NATO commander: alliance to move command HQ temporarily to Romania for military exercise

  • U.S Navy Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III, commander of the Allied Joint Force Command, speaks to media in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, hours after he announced the command will relocate from Naples, Italy,to Cincu, in mountainous central Romania, for 12 days in June to support a NATO exercise involving 1,000 troops from 21 NATO states. Ferguson, a top NATO commander, said the alliance will briefly move an allied joint force command headquarters to Romania as NATO continues to hone its ability to react to Russia's moves in Ukraine and other security challenges.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    U.S Navy Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III, commander of the Allied Joint Force Command, speaks to media in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, hours after he announced the command will relocate from Naples, Italy,to Cincu, in mountainous central Romania, for 12 days in June to support a NATO exercise involving 1,000 troops from 21 NATO states. Ferguson, a top NATO commander, said the alliance will briefly move an allied joint force command headquarters to Romania as NATO continues to hone its ability to react to Russia's moves in Ukraine and other security challenges.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S Navy Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III, left, commander of the Allied Joint Force Command, reaches out to shake a journalist's hand in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, hours after he announced the command will relocate from Naples, Italy,to Cincu, in mountainous central Romania, for 12 days in June to support a NATO exercise involving 1,000 troops from 21 NATO states. Ferguson, a top NATO commander, said the alliance will briefly move an allied joint force command headquarters to Romania as NATO continues to hone its ability to react to Russia's moves in Ukraine and other security challenges. Man in background is Romanian state secretary Valeriu Nicut. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    U.S Navy Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III, left, commander of the Allied Joint Force Command, reaches out to shake a journalist's hand in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, hours after he announced the command will relocate from Naples, Italy,to Cincu, in mountainous central Romania, for 12 days in June to support a NATO exercise involving 1,000 troops from 21 NATO states. Ferguson, a top NATO commander, said the alliance will briefly move an allied joint force command headquarters to Romania as NATO continues to hone its ability to react to Russia's moves in Ukraine and other security challenges. Man in background is Romanian state secretary Valeriu Nicut. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S Navy Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III, commander of the Allied Joint Force Command, speaks to media in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, hours after he announced the command will relocate from Naples, Italy, to Cincu, in mountainous central Romania, for 12 days in June to support a NATO exercise involving 1,000 troops from 21 NATO states. Ferguson, a top NATO commander, said the alliance will briefly move an allied joint force command headquarters to Romania as NATO continues to hone its ability to react to Russia's moves in Ukraine and other security challenges.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    U.S Navy Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III, commander of the Allied Joint Force Command, speaks to media in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, hours after he announced the command will relocate from Naples, Italy, to Cincu, in mountainous central Romania, for 12 days in June to support a NATO exercise involving 1,000 troops from 21 NATO states. Ferguson, a top NATO commander, said the alliance will briefly move an allied joint force command headquarters to Romania as NATO continues to hone its ability to react to Russia's moves in Ukraine and other security challenges.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

A top NATO commander says the alliance will briefly move its allied joint force command from Italy to Romania as NATO continues to react to Russia's moves in Ukraine.

Admiral Mark Ferguson, Commander of Allied Joint Force Command based in Naples, Italy, said the command will be based in Cincu, central Romania, for 12 days in June, to support a NATO exercise involving 1,000 troops from 21 NATO states.

Cincu is Romania's largest military shooting range, some 180 kilometers (112 miles) northwest of Bucharest.

"This deployment will be the first time a NATO Joint Force Command Headquarters has deployed to Romania," Ferguson said Tuesday.

At the same time, NATO will conduct exercises in Poland, the Baltics and the Baltic Sea.