NATO Plans Large, Permanent Military Presence on Eastern Border – POLITICO

NATO military commanders are working on plans to transform the alliance’s presence on its eastern borders into a force capable of taking on an invading army, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the Telegraph in an interview.

Stoltenberg described the Alliance’s previous presence on its eastern borders as a relatively small “tripwire” force intended to symbolize the Alliance’s commitment to defending itself against any Russian attack.

Russia’s war against Ukraine will change that.

“Regardless of when and how the war in Ukraine ends, the war is already having long-term consequences for our security. NATO must adapt to this new reality. And that’s exactly what we’re doing,” said Stoltenberg.

“NATO is the most successful alliance in history for two reasons. One of them is that we managed to unite Europe and North America. The other is that we have been able to change as the world changes. Now the world is changing and NATO is changing.”

Stoltenberg supported Ukraine’s calls for Western allies like Germany to drop the distinction between defensive and offensive weapons for some members. Berlin has ruled out the delivery of offensive weapons to Kyiv.

“Ukraine is now defending itself against invasion. So everything Ukraine does is defensive,” said Stoltenberg. NATO Plans Large, Permanent Military Presence on Eastern Border - POLITICO

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