NATO Response Force Doubles, Claims Threats to Europe from East and South

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
By Paul Martin

On a visit to Lisbon ahead of the Trident Juncture military exercises to be held in Portugal later this year, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announces the NATO Response Force will more than double.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has confirmed NATO’s plans to more than double its Response Force from 13,000 to 30,000, and create a new 5,000-strong quick reaction Spearhead Force, as part of the organization’s efforts to “to build more stability.”

“We are facing a dramatically changed security environment in Europe,” said Stoltenberg, making reference to Russia and the Middle East in justifying the increase, in a press point with Portuguese Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Rui Machete.

Claiming that the conflicts around its eastern and southern borders represent a threat to Europe, Stoltenberg said that “to the East, Russia has broken international rules through its aggressive actions against Ukraine,” while “to the south, extremism and violence is spreading in the Middle East and North Africa.”

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