NATO Ministers Agree to Beef up Defence Posture on Eastern Flank

Politics » DEFENSE | February 10, 2016, Wednesday // 21:21| Views: | Comments: 6
Bulgaria: NATO Ministers Agree to Beef up Defence Posture on Eastern Flank NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to press as he arrives at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 10 February 2016, at the start of a NATO defence ministers` meeting. Photo EPA/BGNES

NATO Defence Ministers have agreed on an enhanced forward presence on the eastern part of the Alliance, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.

The enhanced forward presence will be “multinational, to make clear that an attack against one Ally is an attack against all Allies, and that the Alliance as a whole will respond,” Stoltenberg said in a statement after the first day of a meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels.

Stoltenberg added that the multinational force will be rotational and will be supported by exercises; and it will be complemented by the necessary logistics and infrastructure to support pre-positioning and facilitate rapid reinforcement. 

The Associated Press quoted a NATO official speaking on condition of anonymity as saying that one proposal being considered calls for the creation of a brigade-sized unit, or roughly 3,000 troops. 

NATO will take further decisions at the Warsaw Summit in July, Stoltenberg added.

Also on Wednesday, Stoltenberg confirmed to reporters in Brussels that he plans to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich security conference later this week as part of a regular political dialogue between NATO and Russia, newswires reported.



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Ivailo Ivanov - 15 Feb 2016 // 19:01:26

Something might be wrong with the monetary school of thinking.. look at this.. they report lower inflation.

Rurik - 14 Feb 2016 // 17:51:26

The Polish is nice, really:

As for the rest....Everything is clear: Russia is a Failed state. No chances. Barack &Co do guarantee. But "Poland has not perished YET"! To the only remaining hope of the mankind, to the Polish YET, toast! ;)

Warfou - 13 Feb 2016 // 16:37:33

The counter-sanctions limit imports and result in inflation of prices, because local producers meet less competition over the market. Higher inflation results in less purchasing power among population, and also means less taxes (both VAT and the income tax) for the state budget. In its good times when oil prices were high Russia subsidized the post-Soviet parts of economy, mainly state-owned businesses, instead of letting them learn to work on pure market conditions. Now, in harder times, the bankruptcy is more real than it would be in case of a different economic policy because vast part of RU's economy can't live without said subsidizing to which they got used to, and the state does not have enough income nor reserves to continue this "sponsorship".

Ivailo Ivanov - 12 Feb 2016 // 18:55:41

How an anti sanctions politics will put a country on brink of bankruptcy???

Warfou - 12 Feb 2016 // 12:56:43

Talking of war with NATO is very convenient for Russian authorities who put the country on brink of bankruptcy because of their anti-sanctions and other examples of incompetence, and now look to find justification for it well enough to keep their society "mobilized". Take CARE of your society, do not frighten them.

Rurik - 11 Feb 2016 // 17:00:04

By other words: NATO wants the war with Russia to be started on the \"Eastern Flank\".
Predictable and explicable. But You, \"Flank\", the first target for the counter \'kiss\'....what
if to leave this honor to some others, to Mr.Stoltenberg\'s Norway, for example.
The remaining Norwegians will be the NATO Secretary General, sure ;)

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