NATO activating ‘defense plans’ for allies – Stoltenberg — Analysis
The alliance’s secretary general announced the move following Russia’s attack on Ukraine
NATO will be established “defense plans” to enhance security in Eastern Europe, according to the alliance’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, following Russia’s military attack on Ukraine on Thursday morning.
“What we have made clear is that we have already increased and we are increasing the presence of NATO troops in the eastern part of the alliance on NATO territory,” Stoltenburg said.
He confirmed, however, that there are no NATO troops currently in Ukraine, despite the plans for a stronger NATO presence.
“There are no NATO combat troops, no NATO troops at all inside Ukraine. We have made it clear that we don’t have any plans and intention of deploying NATO troops to Ukraine,”The alliance boss stated.
The details of the matter were not explained by him. “defensive plans” beyond saying that they “cover the whole east of our alliance”This “give our military commanders some more authority within politically defined guidelines.”
Stoltenberg noted that the deployment would include part of NATO’s 40,000 strong rapid reaction force, including a highly prepared unit of 7,000 personnel, most of them French, and an air wing under French command.
On Thursday, Russia attacked Ukraine with a major military strike. Moscow had just recognized Donetsk, Lugansk as independent republics within the Donbass. The Russian military attack was launched after Kiev claimed it failed to meet its obligations in Minsk Agreements that were signed in 2014 and 2015. These agreements are meant to help resolve the conflict between Ukrainian separatists.
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