At the time of the meeting, the members of the Alliance managed to put aside differences
WASHINGTON – the defense Ministers of NATO countries presented a plan to increase military reserves: they want to be at the disposal of the land Alliance had 30 battalions, 30 squadrons of fighters and 30 military vehicles, ready to transfer in continental Europe for 30 days.
Details developed by the United States plan is still unclear, though the Ministers said they plan to complete the whole logistics training no later than 2020.
The Ministers also announced plans to strengthen the new NATO command structure more than 1200 people, which will be distributed between the new Atlantic command center in Norfolk and the European headquarters in Ulm.
Briefly leaving aside “serious differences” in the ranks of the 29 members of the Alliance, the Ministers endorsed a plan intended to protect the Alliance from the growing naval power of Russia, and also to provide quicker movement of troops in Europe and the presence of battalions, ships and planes in combat readiness.
It is noteworthy that the meeting was not discussed a recent White house decision to impose duties in relation to Europe, which threatens to further exacerbate tensions within the Alliance.
“There are disagreements related to such issues as trade, nuclear agreement with Iran and climate change,” – said the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking to reporters.
“Among the NATO allies have disagreements, but we keep a United front when it comes to the key task of NATO is to protect each other,” he added.
Another challenge for the Alliance, efforts to expand in Eastern Europe, where Russia has long opposed NATO’s presence.
Still on an expanded from 12 to 29 members in the seven expansions since 1949, the Alliance has recently updated its website, introducing a list of four countries that expressed their intention to join NATO ahead of the summit, scheduled for July 11. The list includes Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Macedonia.
During his may visit to the White house Stoltenberg noted that the expansion will help to strengthen the Alliance.
“We live in an unpredictable world, we need a strong NATO, and we need to invest more in our security,” he said in an interview with “Voice of America”.
Ex-Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, now the U.S. permanent representative to NATO, said that Washington is trying to help countries wishing to join the Alliance, to fulfill membership criteria.
“We ask them the standards and help to achieve them, – that means open door policy”, she explained.
One of the key requirements – a promise to allocate at least 2 percent of GDP on defense.
At the moment, this requirement is met only five member countries: Greece, UK, Estonia, Poland and the United States.