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NATO implementing greatest reinforcement of its defense since end of Cold War

May 14, 2015, 11:26 UTC+3 ANTALYA
"We are increasing the presence of our forces in the eastern part of the Alliance," NATO Secretary General said
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ANTALYA, May 14. /TASS/. NATO is implementing the greatest reinforcement of its collective defense since the end of Cold War, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the session of Foreign Ministerial Meeting of NATO in Turkey’s Belek on Thursday.

"We are adapting our Alliance to a new environment… We are increasing the presence of our forces in the eastern part of the Alliance. We are significantly expanding the size of the NATO Response Force. And we are developing a Spearhead Forces with lead elements ready to deploy within as little as 48 hours," Stoltenberg said. "We are enhancing our ability to deter and prevent hybrid threats," he added.

"Today, we will discuss the long-term strategic implications of the challenges we face. And how NATO can work together, with our partners and with the European Union, to meet them. This is an important stepping stone towards our NATO Summit in Warsaw next year," Stoltenberg concluded.

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