NATO OKs Rapid-Response Force To Counter Russia

NATO

NEWPORT, Wales — NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (AHN’-derz fohg RAHS’-moo-sihn) says the alliance’s leaders have agreed to create a rapid response force to address the threat of aggression from Russia.

Rasmussen says the force will include several thousand land troops ready to deploy within just a few days. He says the force will include land and sea assets.

The force is part of a new readiness action plan that NATO leaders agreed to Friday at a summit in Wales. Rasmussen says the plan will strengthen NATO’s collective defense capabilities.

He says the alliance will also establish command and control facilities in the eastern part of the alliance’s territory.

Rasmussen says anyone who threatens any country in NATO will be facing the whole alliance.

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