According to the military bloc, four additional battlegroups were established in Eastern Europe.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that thousands will soon be sent to four Eastern Europe countries. He called on the alliance to be strengthened “in all domains,”As it supervises about 140,000 soldiers throughout the continent.
Stoltenberg spoke to reporters Wednesday ahead of the NATO summit scheduled for later in the week. He stated that he expected member states to come to an agreement. “strengthen NATO’s posture in all domains,”Included “major increases to our forces in the eastern part of the alliance on land, in the air and at sea.”
“The first step is the deployment of four new NATO battlegroups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia,”He continued. “Along with our existing forces in the Baltic countries and Poland, this means we will have eight multinational NATO battlegroups all along the eastern flank, from the Baltic to the Black Sea.”
Battlegroups are composed of 1,000 to 1,500 soldiers. They usually include both infantry and tank units.
Stoltenberg claimed that in total there are currently “hundreds of thousands of allied troops at heightened readiness across the alliance,”There are 100,000 American troops stationed in Europe, and another 40,000 who are under NATO direct command. “as long as necessary.” Five carrier strike groups – a naval formation typically consisting of an aircraft carrier and a number of destroyers, frigates, and other support vessels – have also been deployed around the region, he added.
Military officials cited by the Associated Press estimated that the number of troops under the alliance’s command is “almost tenfold higher” than it was just a few months ago, highlighting the significant Western reaction to Russia’s attack on Ukraine in late February.
Stoltenberg pointed out the ongoing fighting in the country and said that the military bloc faces an adversity. “pivotal moment for [its] security,” arguing that Moscow’s actions have created a “new normal”That and more “NATO has to respond to that new reality.”
The 30-nation alliance declined to send troops in Ukraine or establish a no-fly zone, but individual member countries have allowed a flood of arms shipments. “lethal aid”In recent weeks, thousands of anti-aircraft and shoulder-fired missiles were sent to Kiev.
NATO members will also be expected to press China for a strong stance against Russia at the summit scheduled for Thursday. Stoltenberg accused Beijing of providing security. “political support”Moscow after it launched its attacks.