Journey to the border of NATO. In the base in Romania where the Italian pilots keep the Russian Migs away

The Allied front-line base on the Black Sea, just over a hundred kilometers from the borders of Romanian airspace, in front of Sevastopol. Italy has just left the command to the United Kingdom, but has managed the most significant four months of recent European history

Costanza, from our correspondent – American, British, Italian and Romanian jets suddenly appear, in diamond formation, on the heads of the delegations. It’s a show of strength and unity, says the master of ceremonies. The NATO front-line base on the Black Sea, just over a hundred kilometers from the borders of Romania’s airspace, in front of Sevastopol, is dedicated to a former Romanian prime minister, the liberal Mihail Kogălniceanu. It is the place from which the warplanes that control the borders of the alliance depart. Yesterday the command of this NATO mission passed from Italy to the United Kingdom with a short and operational ceremony on the flight line, but the Italians are not leaving. After leading the mission during the last four months – those that shocked Europe – the task force of the Italian Air Force “Black Storm”, made up of about two hundred people, remains to carry out “active surveillance to ensure the safety of space plane and protect our borders ”, says the chief of staff of the Air Force Luca Goretti. “Putin’s war machine is a danger to our freedom,” British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said during the ceremony, “but we have something that Putin doesn’t have. We have friends and allies. We are thirty, Putin is alone. It is our values ​​that make us better than him “. Politics in Brussels will soon decide whether this will also be the headquarters of one of the four new battlegroups that NATO has decided to place on the “eastern flank” of the alliance.

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