Nato plans to im­prove the way forces are com­manded

Simcoe Reformer - - WORLD NEWS - LORNE COOK

brus­sels — Wary of a bel­liger­ent and un­pre­dictable rus­sia, Nato is ex­pand­ing its op­er­a­tions for the first time since the end of the cold War and draw­ing up plans to im­prove the way the mil­i­tary al­liance com­mands and de­ploys its forces.

Nato de­fence min­is­ters on Wed­nes­day en­dorsed a pro­posal to cre­ate two new com­mands: one to pro­tect sea lanes fer­ry­ing troops and equip­ment across the at­lantic from the united states, the other a lo­gis­tics com­mand to su­per­vise troop move­ments in europe.

“We need a com­mand struc­ture which can make sure that we have the right forces, in the right place, with the right equip­ment at the right time,” Nato sec­re­tary­gen­eral Jens stoltenberg told re­porters at the meet­ing in brus­sels.

he said the at­lantic head­quar­ters would “en­sure that sea lanes, our lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween europe and North amer­ica, re­main free and se­cure. This is vi­tal for our trans-at­lantic al­liance.”

“our mil­i­tary com­mands will now flesh out the de­tails,” stoltenberg said, and sub­mit the re­sults to the min­is­ters when they next meet in fe­bru­ary.

asked about the risk that rus­sia poses to the 29-na­tion al­liance, par­tic­u­larly those ly­ing on rus­sia’s bor­ders, stoltenberg said “we don’t see any im­mi­nent threat against any Nato ally.”

but, he said, “we have seen a much more as­sertive rus­sia. We have seen a rus­sia which has over many years in­vested heav­ily in their mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties, mod­ern­ized their mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

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