NATO allies agree on the “biggest overhaul” of defense since the Cold War

The countries will meet on Tuesday in the Spanish capital , where the alliance will adjust its military position against when the war in Ukraine enters its fifth month.

Ahead of the summit, Secretary-General said that NATO will greatly increase the number of troops on high alert from 40,000 to over 300,000 – its “biggest overhaul” since the .

“Russia has moved away from the partnership and the dialogue that NATO has been trying to establish with Russia for many years,” Stoltenberg told reporters in on Monday.

“They have chosen confrontation instead of dialogue. We regret it – but it is clear, then we must respond to that reality.”

New direction

The two-day event is intended to chart a course “for a new security reality”, which will involve building NATO battle groups in Eastern Europe to “brigade levels”, Stoltenberg added.

NATO is also expected to consider offers from and to join the alliance despite opposition from .

At the summit, NATO is expected to change its language on Russia from the existing wording describing Moscow as a strategic partner.

“I expect the Allies to make it clear that Russia poses a direct threat to our security, to our values, to the rule-based international order,” Stoltenberg said.

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On Sunday, thousands of people took to the streets of Madrid to condemn the summit. Protesters say rising defense spending in Europe is a threat to peace.

At the same time, has lobbied for NATO to pay more attention to security threats on its southern flank with Africa – a major gateway to Europe for irregular migration.

Madrid is equally concerned about lawlessness and violent Islamist movements in the Sahel region.

“We have this war in Europe, but the situation in Africa is really worrying,” said Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles.

Originally published on RFI

NATO allies agree on the "biggest overhaul" of defense since the Cold War

Source: sn.dk

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