Ukraine, NATO: “The Russian Goliath is faltering, step up efforts”

In Brussels the Military Committee in the session of the Chiefs of Defense Staff. Stoltenberg: ”High-intensity warfare is back in Europe”

The “Russian Goliath is reeling. And this is because Davide has demonstrated immense resilience and tactical brilliance, with the support of 50 nations around the world”. Said the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, opening the Military Committee at the session of the Chiefs of Defense in Brussels.”Today’s discussions will focus primarily on Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Russia is in the 15th month of what they thought would be a 3 day war“, added Bauer announcing the “development of regional plans and more troops across the alliance”.

“These are – he explained – geographically specific plans that describe how we will defend the key and relevant places of our alliance against the two threats described in NATO’s Strategic Concept and Military Strategy, namely Russia and terrorist groups: the regional plans will require a Improved NATO Forces module to produce more high-readiness troops throughout the alliance”. “For the first time since the end of the Cold War – he added – we will have objective and threat-based objectives to offer to nations. These goals will have a significant impact on future Allied military investment and development. That is why it is important that they receive both military and political support as we move towards and beyond the Vilnius summit.”

For his part, the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberginvited the members of the Atlantic Alliance to “redouble our efforts to keep our one billion citizens safe and to uphold the rules-based international order”. “When President Putin launched his full-blown invasion of Ukraine in 2022 – he recalled – we were ready. Within hours, we activated all of our defense plans, put 40,000 troops under NATO command, backed by significant sea and air power, and strengthened our forward defenses from the Baltic to the Black Sea. These actions have reduced the risk of miscalculations and escalations beyond Ukraine, making it crystal clear that we would defend every inch of NATO territory.”

For Stoltenberg it is necessary to prepare for a “more dangerous” future. “High-intensity warfare has returned to Europe. Global competition is on the rise, authoritarian regimes are challenging our values, interests and security, and other threats are also multiplying. From terrorism to cyber attacks, from nuclear proliferation to climate change. So we need to step up this new era of strategic competition, and NATO is up to the challenge.”