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NATO agrees to beef up land, sea and air forces near Ukraine after Russian attack

NATO ambassadors said in a statement after emergency talks that “we have increased the readiness of our forces to respond to all contingencies.”

AP Reported by: AP Brussels Updated on: February 24, 2022 23:27 IST
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Smoke rise from an air defense base in the aftermath of an apparent Russian strike in Mariupol, Ukraine

Highlights

  • NATO has agreed to beef up its land, sea and air forces on its eastern flank near Ukraine.
  • NATO said that “we have increased readiness of our forces to respond to all contingencies.”
  • NATO said it will not launch any military action in support of Ukraine.

NATO has agreed to beef up its land, sea and air forces on its eastern flank near Ukraine and Russia after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a military offensive in Ukraine.

NATO ambassadors said in a statement after emergency talks Thursday that “we have increased the readiness of our forces to respond to all contingencies.”

While some of NATO’s 30 member countries are supplying arms, ammunition and other equipment to Ukraine, NATO as an organization is not. It will not launch any military action in support of Ukraine.

Countries closest to the conflict – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland – are among those to have triggered rare consultations under Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty, which can be launched when “the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the (NATO) parties is threatened.”

“We have decided, in line with our defensive planning to protect all allies, to take additional steps to further strengthen deterrence and defense across the Alliance,” the envoys said in a statement. “Our measures are and remain preventive, proportionate and non-escalatory.”

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