NATO will form 30 battalions and 30 squadrons of fast reaction :: Policy :: RBC

NATO will form a rapid reaction force able to deploy within 30 days. According to zamgenseka the NATO troops will be able to support the multinational battalions in the Baltic States and Poland in the event of a crisis

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NATO officially adopted a new initiative on the readiness of NATO forces, called the “Four thirty”. This was announced by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on July 11 at a press conference following the meeting of heads of States — members of NATO on the first day of the summit, the correspondent of RBC. The summit takes place July 11-12 in the new headquarters of NATO in Brussels.

In accordance with a new initiative, the Alliance is planning by 2020 to create a 30 mechanized battalions, 30 warships and 30 aircraft squadrons ready to deploy if needed within 30 days.

Initiative is needed to provide rapid response and mobilization of the forces of the Alliance in the case of “crisis, active threats of incursions into NATO territory or the conflict”, explained the Deputy Secretary General of NATO rose Guatemalan. According to her, these forces can be pulled together from all the countries of the Alliance in case of crisis situations to support posted in the Baltic States and Poland to NATO forces. In 2016, the members of NATO agreed to deploy four battalions of the multinational combined in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. However, multinational battalions will not be able, if necessary, to protect NATO countries because of their scarcity — only they involve 4 thousand military, said the Deputy Secretary General.

“The idea of the initiative is that every member of NATO has focused on the need to be ready and be able to quickly move your troops,” explained giemulla. According to her, the initiative does not imply the formation of new forces, these troops already have with countries — members of NATO. The initiative also does not imply the movement of these parts in the Baltic countries and Poland — they will not be located there on a permanent basis.

Jens Stoltenberg

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In addition, NATO agreed on the structure of two new command centers — Atlantic and logistics in Europe, the creation of which the defence Ministers of member countries agreed at the February meeting in Brussels.

Command Atlantic will be engaged in the protection of sea routes between North America and Europe. It will be located in Norfolk (USA, Virginia). The second command will work on the maintenance and enhancement of rapid deployment of forces and means of the Alliance in Europe, developing for this purpose the regulatory framework and improved infrastructure. According to Stoltenberg, NATO for the last four years has invested more than €2 million in the infrastructure of the European member countries of the Alliance, including marine terminals, fuel containers, and runways. The headquarters of the European command logistics will be located in Ulm, Germany.

NATO will increase its mobility: the aircraft of the Alliance will receive from the European organization for the safety of air navigation (Eurocontrol) own Callsign as well as priority in air traffic management in Europe during peace and crisis time.

As has been said Stoltenberg, the decision was taken to strengthen deterrence and defence Alliance, and its security in terms of “unpredictable world.” According to the Secretary General, by 2020, European countries and Canada are going to increase defense spending at $266 billion.

The evening of 11 July the heads of States — members of NATO will continue talks over a working dinner. On it, as reported by Stoltenberg on July 10, the leaders will discuss major security issues facing the NATO allies, including challenges and threats in the Middle East and North Africa, “an increasingly assertive Russia” and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Before the summit, NATO Secretary General announced that NATO leaders plan to discuss with the trump of NATO’s relations with Russia prior to his summit with Putin in Helsinki on 16 July.

NATO will closely observe the meeting between Putin and trump said at a briefing for Russian journalists rose Guatemalan July 11. “We hope at the summit to give the President the Trump a very good warning that it could give Moscow a convincing signal in support of NATO and the strength and unity of the Alliance,” she said. However, NATO stands for the support of direct dialogue with Russia at the highest level, said Stoltenberg, and giemulla.

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