“Politico”: NATO may send up to 300 thousand troops to the border with Russia
Over the next few months, NATO plans to step up efforts to stockpile equipment on the alliance’s eastern edge and plans to deploy tens of thousands of troops there. They will be able to come to the aid of allies in the shortest possible time.
According to Politico, the move is aimed at stopping Russia from expanding the war beyond Ukraine. However, to implement it, NATO must convince individual countries to provide various elements: troops, training, better infrastructure, as well as a lot of expensive weapons, equipment and ammunition.
It is noted that, given the concerns that have arisen in some countries about the amount of their own stockpiles of weapons, as well as the fact that Ukraine urgently needs a lot of ammunition, there is a risk that not all NATO allies will contribute to the alliance’s new plans to strengthen the Eastern region.
The publication emphasizes that NATO has faced this challenge before. Experts fear it could become a permanent problem for the Alliance as Russia’s war against Ukraine drags on for a second year. Although the US and the EU plan to acquire more weapons, the process of replenishment will inevitably take time.
“This can hinder NATO’s aspirations. This spring, military chiefs will present updated regional defense plans that are expected to help rethink how the alliance will protect its $1 billion. citizens. The numbers will be large, with officials suggesting that up to 300,000 NATO troops will be needed to make the new model profitable. This means a lot of coordination and persuasion,” the article says.