Hundreds of thousands of NATO troops will be brought into a state of full combat readiness amid rising tensions between the West and Russia. This writes the British newspaper The Times , citing NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

“NATO commanders want to create substantial ground forces able to deter Russian aggression”, – stated in the article. “Stoltenberg did not name specific figures, but sir Adam Thomson, the outgoing permanent representative of the UK to NATO, stated that, in his opinion, the goal is to reduce the response time of forces, comprising not less than 300 thousand military personnel, about two months. Now the deployment of such a force would take about 180 days” – leads the publication of the translation site InoPressa.

According to The Times, the unit will perform the role of a “second tier” for existing rapid reaction forces of NATO that can be deployed to a war zone for several days. “The personnel will include military personnel from different NATO countries, including the UK,” the newspaper said. We will remind that recently the head of the British MI5 counterintelligence Andrew Parker called Russia a growing threat to the UK.

In an interview with The Times, Stoltenberg said that the Alliance members see “a more aggressive Russia, for many years engaged in a significant buildup of military forces, in practice, tripling military spending since 2000, developing new military capabilities, training their troops and using military force against his neighbors.”

“We have also seen how Russia uses propaganda in Europe among NATO allies, and for this reason, NATO retaliates. We answer the most significant strengthening of our collective defence since the end of the cold war,” said NATO Secretary General.

Stoltenberg stressed that NATO and Russia it is important to maintain dialogue. Both sides hope to carry out in the coming weeks the next, already the third this year meeting within the Council NATO-Russia, previously retired after the annexation of the Crimea by Russia, but resumed it this year.

NATO will increase the combat readiness of the “hundreds of thousands of military” in response to “growing aggression” of Russia 07.11.2016

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