11:33 Nov. 7, 2016
The redeployment term for at least 300 thousand troops will be reduced from 6 months to 2.
NATO is to force up the battle readiness for at least several hundred thousand of its troops, the Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the Times.
The principal aim is to reduce terms for the redeployment of a NATO contingent in the crisis situation from 6 months to at least 2.
These measures proved themselves necessary because of Russia's unprecedented military activity in the world, the top Alliance official said. With Russia increasing its military power, holding exercises and increasing its expenditure on propaganda, NATO can't avoid getting itself ready to meet any threat, Stoltenberg also claimed.
"We respond to this with the greatest consolidation of our collective defence since the end of the Cold War", the Secretary said.
Stoltenberg did not note, how many troops the Alliance are ready to get prepared for a quicker response to a probable Russian aggression, but the total amount of increased combat readiness contingent may reach 300,000, according to the British representative at NATO Adam Thomson, the BBC reports.
These troops are planned to be used as reinforcements for already created high combat readiness troops, that can be redeployed to the battlefield within days.
An additional contingent may include multinational forces, Stoltenberg also claimed.