Germany and its Armed Forces, Bundeswehr, assumed the chairmanship in the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). Deutsche Welle reported that, quoting German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.
The German official claimed that by assuming this leadership, Germany makes a sizeable contribution to the entire Alliance's security.
Von der Leyen admitted that Bundeswehr's new role is another quite important impetus for the comprehensive modernization of the country's armed forces.
The NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force was created in the first half of 2015, as the response to the Russian aggression in Ukraine. This force makes an important component of the NATO strategy to deter Russia.
The advance teams of the VJTF are supposed to be deployed in any destination necessary over the 72 hours-long-period.
The presidency in NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force lasts for one year. In 2018, the leadership belonged to Italy. In 2020, it will be handed over to Poland.