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After Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, NATO put over 300,000 soldiers on high alert

Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that hundreds of thousands of forces would be transitioned to high readiness — a huge increase from the 40,000 in the existing coalition strike force

Smoke billows after a rocket attack in Kyiv on the first day of the June 26 G7 summit
Smoke billows after a rocket attack in Kyiv on the first day of the June 26 G7 summit

Hundreds of thousands of NATO troops are put on alert following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that more than 300,000 forces would be deployed against the category – a huge increase from the 40,000 in the existing coalition strike force.

The announcement came as NATO leaders prepared to arrive in Madrid for a crunch summit tomorrow.

At a press conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Mr. Stoltenberg promised a “fundamental change in NATO’s deterrence and defense.”

He said, “We will reshape the NATO Response Force and increase our high-readiness force to well over 300,000.”







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The move is intended to strengthen defenses on the eastern flank of the 30-strong coalition, where the Baltic states border Russia.

The countries fear increasing aggression by Moscow after Vladimir Putin’s war against Russia’s neighbors.

Finland and Sweden’s bids for NATO membership are set to be discussed when coalition leaders, including US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attend negotiations in the Spanish capital.

Leaders are also expected to overhaul NATO’s entire approach to the Kremlin.

The alliance’s most recent strategy, from 2010, described Moscow as a strategic partner – before annexing Crimea in 2014, backing anti-government rebels in eastern Ukraine that same year, and launching a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Mr. Stoltenberg confirmed: “I expect that allies will say clearly that Russia poses a direct threat to our security, our values ​​and the rules-based international order.”

Earlier, Boris Johnson had insisted that “the price of liberty is worth paying” when comparing Russia to Nazi Germany.

At the G7 summit in Bavaria, the prime minister vowed to continue supporting Kyiv and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, adding: “Strategic staying power is very important.”







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Criticizing the Kremlin’s “absolutely unbridled aggression”, he told the BBC: “I think the price of freedom is sometimes worth the price and just remember that in the middle of the last century democracies have taken a long time to realize that.” that they must resist tyranny and aggression.

“It was very expensive, but what it bought in the end with the defeat of the dictators, especially Nazi Germany, it bought decades and decades of stability, a world order based on a rules-based national system and worth protecting will. that is worth defending – that brings long-term prosperity.”

He said the economic impact on Britain of the war in Ukraine, which has led to a rise in fuel costs and a rise in food prices, “will lessen”.

He added: “We’ll find ways to work around things and some of the cost pressures will ease.

“To stay the course, imagine if we allowed Putin to get away with taking over by force vast chunks of another country — a sovereign independent territory.

“The lessons from this would be absolutely terrifying – in all countries of the former Soviet Union, and look what is already happening in the Baltic countries.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the G7 to use more weapons to repel Russian invaders. Speech via video link after Kremlin rockets rained down on Kyiv,

He urged them to be “partners, not observers” and to provide the military equipment his country needs.

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