NATO to Deploy Full Scale Fighting Force to Russian Border

NATO said it would deploy a permanent full-scale military force on its border with Russia to defend its member territory against a future Russian invasion.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance was “in the midst of a very fundamental transformation” that would reflect “the long-term consequences” of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions.

“What we see now is a new reality, a new normal for European security. Therefore, we have now asked our military commanders to provide options for what we call a reset, a longer-term adaptation of NATO,” Stoltenberg said as reported by The Telegraph.

According to the report, the “reset” will involve deploying sufficient forces to repel any offensive on NATO nations by Russian troops, including Estonia and Latvia.

Stoltenberg said he would raise the issue of a bolstered military presence at a NATO summit in Madrid in June.

Meanwhile, members of the alliance agreed on Friday to offer more military support to Ukraine.

Slovakia Prime Minister Eduard Heger confirmed that it had sent its S-300 air defense system to Ukraine.

The S-300 is a Soviet-era long-range surface-to-air missile system that can shoot down cruise missiles and aircraft and has a range of up to 90 miles.

The Czech Republic was the first NATO country to send tanks to Ukraine earlier this week, as a Czech defense source said.

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