NATO concluded this Thursday (06.16.2022) its last ministerial meeting before the allied summit in Madrid, in two weeks, in which they outlined their deterrence and defense plans against the Russian threat in Eastern Europe, where they foresee more heavy equipment deployed and reinforcements of “pre-assigned” troops.
And that is one of the qualities of this new NATO reinforcement model: not all the troops or forces will be deployed, but part of them will be deployed and will be able to carry out exercises and another part “will be in the country of origin but ready to move quickly if necessary” to the ally for whose defense it is responsible, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
For example, Germany could allocate more troops for the defense of Lithuania, but part of the military would remain in German territory and would only move to the Baltic country if a Russian attack takes place.
The new force model is one of the Alliance’s responses to provide security for its members against Russian aggression in Ukraine, and will be one of the key issues, along with military financing, at the Madrid meeting.
According to Stoltenberg, the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelensky, will “participate” in the summit, although he did not specify whether it will be in person or by videoconference, a mystery that, according to allied sources, will not be cleared up until shortly before depending on the course of the war.
a new concept
The Defense Ministers of the Alliance today concluded preparations for the summit, which will be “transforming”, according to Stoltenberg at a press conference after the meeting.
He also explained that in Madrid the allied leaders will agree on a new “Strategic Concept” that will guide NATO’s action in the next decade, in which its position regarding Russia, the emerging challenges and, for the first time, China will be established.
In addition, for the first time, partners from the Asia-Pacific region (Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand) will also participate in an allied summit, he said.