Fact Check: Romania Does NOT Pay NATO Soldiers 1000 Euros Per Day To Be Stationed In Romania

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Fact Check: Romania Does NOT Pay NATO Soldiers 1000 Euros Per Day To Be Stationed In Romania NATO Pays

Does Romania pay NATO soldiers 1000 euros per day to be stationed on Romanian territory? No, that's not true: According to NATO funding policy, NATO Allies commit troops and equipment on a voluntary basis, and contributing Allies cover the costs associated with their own deployments, so that a NATO battlegroup currently stationed in Romania since the invasion of Ukraine in 2022 is paid for by the eight contributing members of that battlegroup.

The claim originated from a video published by TikTok user @stiridinromania (archived here) on June 13, with the following caption (translated from Romanian to English by Lead Stories staff):

NATO is not defensive!!! We PAY 1000 euros for each soldier in Romania!!!

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Mon Jun 19 06:35:48 2023 UTC)

The claim was made by former AUR Senator Diana Șoșoacă, a known purveyor of pro-Russian propaganda and COVID-19 misinformation, during a TV appearance on Realitatea TV show "Culisele Statului Paralel" with Anca Alexandrescu, on June 11th.

According to NATO's Funding page, "National contributions to NATO operations are borne by individual member countries, including the forces and capabilities held by each member country, which can be provided to NATO for deterrence and defense activities and military operations."

Such a deterrence case was made to station NATO forces in Romania following Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. NATO Allies reinforced their existing four battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Poland, and Lithuania and agreed to establish four more multinational battlegroups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. The framework nation in charge of the NATO battlegroup in Romania is France, with contributing troops from Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, and the USA.

NATO funding rules require that Allies who commit troops and equipment on a voluntary basis cover the costs associated with their deployment.


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