BRUSSELS, October 21 – NATO, in response to the growing “threat” from Russia, is implementing a whole package of political and military measures, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference following the first day of the meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.
“We have agreed on a balanced package of political and military measures in response to this threat, which includes strengthening air defense and missile defense, strengthening conventional forces and assets with fifth-generation jet aircraft, adapting exercises and reconnaissance, increasing combat readiness and effectiveness of nuclear deterrence,” he said.
The secretary general added that “NATO will continue to support international arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation.”
At the end of the first day of the meeting of the heads of the NATO Defense Ministry, the ministers approved a new plan to strengthen the defense of the alliance. Stoltenberg did not disclose the details of the plan. At the same time, according to Western media, which refer to diplomats, the plan was developed in the event of “an attack from Russia on several fronts at once.”
This strategy, according to media reports, is confidential and differs from the existing regional defense plans. In particular, it is indicated that it is aimed at preparing for defense in the event of “a simultaneous attack from Russia in the Baltic region, in the Black Sea, with the possible use of nuclear weapons, pirate attacks on information systems, as well as strikes from space.”
It is noted that NATO does not consider such an attack “inevitable,” but the fact that modern weapons are being developed in Russia, and troops and equipment are allegedly being drawn to the borders of the allies, makes such a plan necessary. There has been no official confirmation of the preparation of such a plan yet.