NATO to boost troops on high alert to over 300,000 – Stoltenberg. – Reuters
NATO will boost the number of troops on high alert by more than sevenfold to over 300,000, as Russia has walked away from the partnership and dialogue NATO had tried to establish with Russia for many years.
NATO will have 300,000 troops on high alert by 2023, compared to 40,000 today, and the new force model will be pre-assigned to specific plans for the defence of allies.
NATO is to boost its military presence in the Baltic States and Germany to brigade level, with thousands of troops on standby in other countries to provide rapid reinforcements if needed.
NATO will change its language on Russia and state that Moscow poses a direct threat to their security.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg dampened hopes for a breakthrough at the G-7 summit, saying he would not make any promises of compromise with Russia at this point.
“Together, this constitutes the biggest overhaul of our collective deterrence and defence since the Cold War,” he said.
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