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March 16, 2022

Ukraine conflict: Nato to strengthen defences on eastern flank

Nato may deploy additional troops, as well as pre-positioned equipment, to the eastern part of alliance.

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato), the intergovernmental military alliance, is working to further strengthen its defences in eastern Europe, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The steps may include deploying additional troops, as well as pre-positioned equipment, to the eastern part of the alliance.

The move comes as Defence Ministers from Nato member states are scheduled to meet in Brussels to discuss the ongoing crisis.

Commenting on the matter, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “Ministers will start an important discussion on concrete measures to reinforce our security for the longer term, in all domains.

“On land, this could include substantially more forces in the eastern part of the alliance, at higher readiness, and with more pre-positioned equipment.

“We will also consider major increases to our air and naval deployments, strengthening our integrated air and missile defence, reinforcing our cyber defences, and holding more and larger exercises.”

Approximately 40,000 personnel are currently under direct Nato command, most of which are deployed in the eastern part.

Nearly 100,000 US troops are also in Europe to strengthen Nato defences.

Stoltenberg added that the Russia- Ukraine conflict has created a new security reality in the continent that necessitates revamping existing military posture.

Several European countries, including Germany, Poland, and Denmark, have already announced plans to increase military expenditure.

Nato members, and other allies, have been supplying military equipment to Ukraine to defend against the invasion. This includes supplying anti-tank and air defence weapons, drones, ammunition, and fuel.

The Netherlands and Germany are also deploying the Patriot air-defence system in Slovakia as a defensive measure.

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