NATO approves two new headquarters in response to Russian threat

  • Jakub Maděránek
  • 9.11.2017 17:21

On Wednesday 8 November in Brussels, NATO Defence Ministers agreed to create two new military commands to provide better protection for Europe in the event of a conflict with Russia.

The Atlantic Headquarters which could be based in Portugal, Spain, France or the United States aims to provide maritime communication link between Europe and the US, while the planned European land command should improve the logistical capability of Alliance troops. Germany is interested in having the European HQ on its territory which, due to its strategic position, would help improve the mobility of military equipment and personnel in the event of a conflict. According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the adaptation of the Alliance's command structure will contribute to a swifter and more effective involvement and cooperation of the member states and their armies. Stoltenberg also noted that these changes underscore NATO's strategy of collective defence, despite its history of out-of-area missions. The main reason for these major structural changes is the rising threat from Russia which has, among other things, increased its maritime activity in the Baltic Sea, North Atlantic and the Arctic.

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