The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Commonwealth Jens Stoltenberg in conversation with Minister of foreign Affairs of Portugal, Rui Machete said that NATO will increase the number of response forces from 13 to 30 thousand People.
"We faced a very rapidly changing security environment in the European Union ", - said Stoltenberg during the visit to Lisbon, again accusing Moscow of violating the rules of international security in the end the evil actions regarding Ukraine.
the Secretary General, whose words are on the official Internet representation of NATO, also noticed that extremism is spreading in the middle East and North Africa. Because of this, Stoltenberg recalled the establishment in the European Union additional grouping of forces of operative reaction of 5 thousand Soldiers, noting that " Portugal will play in this important role." In mid-April, the head of the General staff of the Russian armed forces army General Valery Gerasimov said that NATO is using the Ukrainian crisis as a pretext for revitalization does not hide the anti-Russian orientation. For its part the Deputy Minister of defense of Russia Anatoly Antonov said that in connection with crisis in Ukraine all the positive in relations with the Alliance collapsed, NATO has taken the course of confrontation. In January, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the assurances of the North Atlantic Commonwealth about non-expansion to the East have remained empty words, and at the same time the infrastructure of NATO has moved closer to Russia's borders. The Minister also said that NATO's transition to confrontational rhetoric and increase of its military presence close to Russian borders demonstrate the inability of the Commonwealth to cross the stereotypes of the cold war.