According to Secretary General Stoltenberg, NATO plans to move more combat-ready forces and equipment to the Alliance's eastern territory. After Russia's attack on Ukraine, Stoltenberg also calls for more heavy weapons for Ukraine.
According to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a decision will be made at the NATO summit in Madrid to significantly strengthen the Allies' deterrence and defense capacities. In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the ability to protect and defend every inch of Alliance territory has already been strengthened, the Norwegian said after talks with several NATO heads of state and government in The Hague. The next steps will now be taken at the summit meeting in Madrid at the end of June. According to Stoltenberg, the discussions were about the need to move more combat-ready forces and equipment to the eastern alliance area. In addition, a further increase in the level of preparedness of troops was also an issue.
Stoltenberg did not give any details. Among other things, there is talk of having significantly more NATO troops stationed in the eastern alliance area in the future than before the Russian attack on Ukraine. In addition, structures are to be set up that, in the event of a concrete threat, will enable the forces on site to be reinforced even more quickly.
Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz already announced last week that Germany would support the plans and continue to expand its troop presence in Lithuania. In the country bordering on the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, the Bundeswehr is already involved with more than 1,000 soldiers in securing NATO's eastern flank.
Stoltenberg also advocated further deliveries of heavy weapons to Ukraine. "Yes, Ukraine should have more heavy weapons," he said. "Because they are absolutely dependent on it to defend themselves against the brutal Russian invasion." The meeting in The Hague was organized by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. The Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, the Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as well as the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa and Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins were invited.