NATO to discuss deployment of its forces in the East of Europe
NATO will discuss the plan for deploying its forces for the first time in the East of Europe at the upcoming summit in Cardiff next week.
It will be the response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics - Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said.
Rasmussen has also emphasized the changes in Russia`s military strategy exemplifying the Russian invasion of Georgian territories in August 2008.
`We have to face the reality that Russia does not consider Nato a partner. Russia is a nation that unfortunately for the first time since the second world war has grabbed land by force. Obviously we have to adapt to that.` In an interview with the Guardian and five other European newspapers, he said: `It is safe to say that nobody had expected Russia to grab land by force. We also saw a remarkable change in the Russian military approach and capability since, for instance, the Georgian war in 2008`.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the organization`s summit in Cardiff next week would overcome divisions within the alliance and agree to new deployments on Russia`s borders – a move certain to trigger a strong reaction from Moscow.