BRUSSELS, 8 Dec – RIA Novosti, Alexander Shishlo. NATO is ready to strengthen its military presence in Eastern Europe in response to the military buildup of Russia, in particular, in the Baltic States, said Thursday the Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg.
“The presence of the multinational battalions in the three Baltic countries and Poland, as well as establishing units for the integration of the forces, a small staff structures, aimed to ensure cooperation and coordination with local forces, such as Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian and Polish armed forces. In addition, they will help to prepare and plan for the strengthening in case of need,” he told reporters after a meeting in Brussels with the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid.
According to Stoltenberg, it is not that four battalions were the only components to ensure the containment of Russia by NATO. “They play a key role because they are on the front lines, directly in the Baltic region. They are connected with the local forces and entities is easy and can provide amplification, if necessary… Reinforcement to prevent the conflict”, — said Stoltenberg.
The Secretary General reiterated that NATO is ready to defend all allies “against any threat”, stressing the fact that the battalions of NATO in Eastern Europe are multinational, and “an attack on one ally will lead to a reaction of the whole NATO.”
However, he reiterated that the Alliance “does not see immediate threats to particular countries of NATO”, but a military unit will “respond proportionally” to ensure reliable defense in response to the increased military power of Russia.
By decision of the July NATO summit in Warsaw four multinational battalion of the Alliance will be in 2017 deployed in Poland and the Baltic countries to “deter” Russia.
As repeatedly noted in this regard in Moscow, Russia for anybody not a threat, but will not leave without attention, potentially dangerous to its interests.
According to the defense Ministry of Russia, all the current threats to European security are combined with the realized past 10 years the military policy of the United States.
Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that Russia will not get involved in it imposed confrontation with the United States and NATO, but will be able at all times to ensure their safety.