Stoltenberg: NATO to significantly increase high-strength forces to over 300,000

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NATO will significantly increase the number of its high-level forces to more than 300,000, Alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, according to Reuters.

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“We will transform NATO’s reaction force and increase the number of our high-level forces to well over 300,000,” he told reporters ahead of a NATO summit in Madrid later this week.

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NATO’s Rapid Reaction Force has about 40,000 troops so far.

At the Madrid summit, NATO will also change its language on Russia, which in the alliance’s latest strategic report since 2010 was still described as a strategic partner.

“This will not apply to the strategic concept we will agree on in Madrid,” Stoltenberg said.

“I expect the allies to make it clear that Russia is an immediate threat to our security, our values ​​and our rule-based international order,” he said.

Source: Capital

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