For the first time since the Cold War, NATO will have preassigned forces in its eastern regions

Radina Gigova in London

NATO will have preassigned forces and prepositioned equipment on its eastern flank for the first time since the Cold War, the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.

This would enable a faster response by the alliance in case of a threat, he said at a Brussels news conference before a NATO Defense Ministers meeting.

“That’s exactly what we are working on with Germany but we expect all the allies to make similar offers, to enable preassigned forces that are training and are responsible for the defense of specific territories,” Stoltenberg said.

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