Deterrence and defense: NATO wants to strengthen significantly

deterrence and defense
NATO wants to strengthen significantly

According to Secretary General Stoltenberg, NATO plans to move more combat-ready forces and technology to the Alliance’s eastern territory. After the Russian attack on Ukraine, Stoltenberg also demands additional heavy weapons for Ukraine.

According to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO summit in Madrid will decide on a significant strengthening of Allied deterrence and defense capabilities. In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the ability to protect and defend every inch of Alliance territory has been strengthened, Nor said after talks with several NATO heads of state and government in The Hague. Further steps will now be taken at the Madrid summit in late June. According to Stoltenberg, the discussions were about the need to move more combat-ready forces and technology to the Eastern Alliance. In addition, the problem was to further increase the level of readiness of troops.

Stoltenberg did not give any details. Among other things, there is talk that in the area of ​​the Eastern Alliance will deploy significantly more NATO troops in the future than before the Russian attack on Ukraine. In addition, structures should be set up to allow even faster reinforcement of forces on the ground in the event of a specific threat.

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced last week that Germany would support the plans and would continue to expand its military presence in Lithuania. In a country bordering the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, the Bundeswehr, with more than 1,000 troops, is already involved in securing NATO’s eastern wing.

Stoltenberg also pushed for more supplies of heavy weapons to Ukraine. “Yes, Ukraine should have more heavy weapons,” he said. “Because they are absolutely dependent on defending the brutal Russian invasion.” The meeting in The Hague was organized by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa and Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins were invited.

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