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Stoltenberg expects NATO member states to agree on new forces

According to NATO’s General Secretary, this is necessary for moving troops across the Atlantic and within Europe without delay, whenever needed
09:21, 7 June 2018

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NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg expects that a new Joint Force Command for the Atlantic will be agreed and based at Norfolk in the United States, as well as the new Enabling Command to be based in Ulm, in Germany. He said that on a press conference in Brussels, the NATO official website reports.

According to him, these will be key to move their troops across the Atlantic and within Europe without delay, whenever needed.

He also underlined that in the upcoming NATO’s Summit on 7 – 8 June begins with a session on strengthening our deterrence and defense. He also expects ministers will agree to boost our Command Structure by more than 1,200 personnel.

Stoltenberg also expects a NATO Readiness Initiative – the “Four Thirties” to be agreed. The initiative means that Allies would, by 2020, have 30 mechanized battalions; 30 air squadrons; and 30 combat vessels, ready within 30 days or less.

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“This is not about setting up or deploying new forces. It is about boosting the readiness of existing forces. Across each and every Ally,” Stoltenberg noted.

It should be noted that the summit of Defence Minister of NATO member states takes place in Brussels (Belgium) on June 7-8.

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