NATO has the infrastructure required to host response Forces on the southern borders of the Commonwealth, said Commonwealth Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
"Our military commanders have confirmed that we have the capacity and infrastructure required for deployment of the NATO response Force in the South ", – said Mr Stoltenberg before the meeting of heads the Ministry of defence of the countries-members of NATO, reports RIA " Novosti ".
remember, From October 3 to November 6 in southern Europe are the largest in a decade NATO exercise Trident Juncture-2015 ( "the compound of the Trident" ), the maneuvers will be held in Spain, Italy and Portugal, in the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean. They involve 36 thousand People, 140 aircraft and up to 90 submarines and surface vessels from 30 countries, among them non-NATO Austria and Sweden. Since the spring of 2002, – that is, over the entire main period of the Afghan campaign of such large-scale exercises were not conducted due To the unavailability of resources and urgent need. During this period, testing of the interaction between the different Commonwealth countries has occurred in the conditions of a real large-scale military conflict, which, according to the military of the Commonwealth " has become an important source of expertise for NATO Forces ". In June, the Alliance decided on increasing the number of response Force up to 40 thousand People and the inclusion of the advance team – joint task force with high readiness NATO (VJTF), the so-called " tip of the spear ". Up to date statements of the Commonwealth related to Greater part of the infrastructure for the application of response Forces on the Eastern flank in response to the situation around Ukraine.