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The alliance at the end of June decided to increase the number of rapid reaction forces by eight times and deploy heavy equipment near the borders of Russia. According to the head of the Military Committee, NATO is implementing what it planned a few years ago =”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Rob Bauer

NATO started planning for a stronger defense a few years ago, Admiral Rob Bauer, head of the alliance's military committee, told a press conference.

“We are talking about the biggest reorganization of our military structures since 1949. We started planning this a few years ago, but now we are implementing it,— he said.

At the NATO summit in Madrid at the end of June, the leaders of the alliance countries agreed in 2023 to increase the number of rapid reaction forces by almost eight times— up to 300 thousand people. Until 2014, it was planned that the scale of such forces would not exceed a division and amount to about 13,000 servicemen. NATO countries will train and finance these forces for the defense of certain territories in the east, and heavy equipment and weapons will be deployed on the border with Russia.

The new NATO Strategic Concept adopted at the summit calls Russia “the most serious and direct threat to the security of NATO members and peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic region.”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the bloc had been preparing for a confrontation with Russia since 2014 and the military operation in Ukraine did not come as a surprise to him. “Therefore, we increased our military presence in the east of the alliance and NATO began to invest more money in defense,” — he explained.

According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the decisions of the NATO summit in Madrid fix the course for aggressive containment of Russia, but will not affect Russian policy, and Moscow “in any case” will ensure its safety.

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