NATO plans to create a 4,000-strong spearhead force that can go into action at short notice in response to emergencies such as potential Russian intervention in Ukraine, reports said on Monday.
Stockpiles of military equipment will be stored at bases in Eastern Europe for the troops to use when they go into operation, according to British newspaper The Independent.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was quoted as saying in a speech Monday: “This is a time of multiple crises on several fronts. To the east, Russia is intervening overtly in Ukraine; to the south we see growing instability, with fragile states, the rise [of] extremism, and sectarian strife. These crises can erupt with little warning, move at great speed and they all affect our security in different ways.”
“We will develop a spearhead within our response force. This will require reception facilities in NATO territory, pre-positioned equipment and supplies, command and control and logistics experts. So this force can travel light, but strike hard if needed.”
The mission, due to be unveiled at the NATO summit in Wales later this week, will include special forces, air, naval and intelligence detachments, the report said.
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