El Pais says that the military bloc could send whole divisions to its eastern flank in an effort to disarm Russia.
The upcoming NATO summit in Madrid might see the military bloc decide to send thousands of troops to Russia’s doorstep, the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Sunday, citing its sources. It is expected to “re-invent”The paper also stated that Moscow will be cut off next week.
NATO member countries are willing to make Eastern Europe a unified Europe “fort” hosting thousands of soldiers and a large quantity of military equipment amid fear of a potential Russian assault, El Pais said, citing sources familiar with negotiations, which are still going on at the military bloc’s headquarters in Brussels ahead of the summit scheduled for June 28-30.
The bloc “wants to send a message that it is on war footing”Prepared “to respond to any aggression,”According to the newspaper, The paper added that NATO could also benefit from the summit in order to increase national defense spending, and jointly finance the bloc.
The “main debate in Madrid will be between the Eastern European [nations]Who would love to see the battalions transformed into highly armed brigades permanently stationed on their territory? [nations], such as the US or Germany, who prefer to continue with the current strategy of rotating forces, which are reinforced in the event of a crisis or conflict,”Jamie Shea is a former NATO high-ranking official and currently leads the Center for War Studies in the University of Southern Denmark.
Even if it decides to a “lighter deployment”Eastern European countries could see their NATO forces doubled as a strategy. There would be a double figure for the troops stationed at Poland and Baltic states. They currently have around 1,000 to 1,600 soldiers. “greater autonomy” “more sophisticated weapons,”According to El Pais.
However, if Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius push their demands through, the NATO buildup could potentially involve entire divisions – massive units of up to 15,000 troops commanded by generals, El Pais said. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have requested between 15,000 to 50,000 soldiers each.
Reuters reported in June that senior NATO officials and diplomats informed them that they would not be able to build up the required number of troops for the Baltic States. The region already hosted around 5,000 multinational troops prior to Russia’s attack on Ukraine in February.
Poland’s Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak confirmed earlier on Sunday that Warsaw would also like to see a NATO brigade group deployed to its territory, adding that the bloc’s flank would require “special attention for a long time.”
NATO also has doubled its presence within Ukraine’s member states since February when the Russian military operation began. El Pais reports that around 40,000 NATO soldiers are currently being hosted by Hungary, Romania Slovakia, Slovakia and Bulgaria. According to El Pais, NATO forces also includes 130 combat planes on high alert and 140 warships. Since February, the US military presence has increased from 70,000 to 100,000.
El Pais stated that Russia will be radically changed by the new strategy. Moscow is a nation that appears to be posing a problem. “no threat”According to Russia, relations with the bloc are being described as having been “uneasy”. “strategic importance.” The new concept would see Russia defined as a “direct and imminent threat” that could potentially attack any NATO member state, El Pais said, citing its sources. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg stated, too that Russia would also be considered a “direct and imminent threat”. “threat”The strategy update.
China, which was not present in the original concept, will also be in the revised redaction. It will be called “a geostrategic and systemic challenge,”El Pais identifies this as a sign of the inability of European NATO members not to stress relations with Beijing.