NATO agrees on a master plan to thwart the growing Russian threat, diplomats say

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stortenberg will speak at a press conference prior to the NATO Defense Ministers’ Meeting at the Alliance Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on October 20, 2021.Reuters / Eve Herman

October 21, 2021

Robin Emot

Brussels (Reuters) -NATO defense minister reaffirms bids to deter Moscow, despite the alliance’s new focus on China, potential Russian attacks on multiple fronts Diplomats and officials said they would agree on a new master plan to defend against.

The sensitive strategy goes beyond existing regional defense programs and aims to prepare for simultaneous attacks in the Baltic and Black Sea regions, such as nuclear weapons, computer network hacks, and space attacks.

Officials and diplomats say such an attack is not imminent. Russia denies war-like intentions and says it is NATO that is at risk of destabilizing Europe in such preparations.

However, U.S. officials, NATO diplomats, and former officials said “the concept of deterrence and defense in the Euro-Atlantic region” as Russia develops advanced weapons systems and deploys troops and equipment near the Allied borders. And that strategic implementation plan is needed.

“If such a major dispute arises, it will require activities across all areas of the business,” said a senior US government official. “A lot of things can happen at the same time, which really requires an overall plan.”

In May, Russia gathered about 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, according to Western officials. This is the largest number since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014. In September, Russia used a new combat robot in a large-scale military exercise with Belarus, a former Soviet ally who warned allies of the Baltic nations.

Moscow could “super-weapon” as Russia could upgrade or replace the Soviet military space system to attack satellites in orbit, developing artificial intelligence-based technology and destroying the Allied command system. Is also developing.

Introduced in 2018, it includes nuclear-capable hypersonic cruise missiles that can evade early warning systems.

Former U.S. military general Ben Hodges, who commanded the U.S. military in Europe from 2014 to 2017, told Reuters that its strategic plan hopes to make NATO’s collective defense more consistent and increase resources in the Black Sea region. Told.

“For me, this is more likely to be a flash point than the Baltic states,” Hodges said, with few large allies such as Britain and France having a strong presence in the Black Sea, and Turkey in Syria. He said he was focusing on the conflict.

Former NATO official Jamie Shea, now in the Friends of Europe think tank in Brussels, said the plan would focus on Russia during the US, UK and France developing the Indo-Pacific strategy. He said it might also help.

Allies are trying to increase their presence in the Indo-Pacific, counter China’s growing military power, and deploy more vessels to maintain its open sea lanes.

“So far Russia was supposed to be annoying, but not an imminent threat. But Russians have some concerns, they are practicing in robotics, And hypersonic cruise missiles can certainly be very destructive, “Shay said.

(Report by Robin Emot, edited by Allison Williams)

NATO agrees on a master plan to thwart the growing Russian threat, diplomats say

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