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Politico: Deployment of 300,000 troops near Russian borders threatens to divide NATO

Plans to build a military force of up to 300,000 close to Russia’s borders could undermine NATO unity through overspending. Political reports.

According to the publication, information on the creation of additional regional forces of the alliance could be announced at a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels on April 3-4. And the plans are expected to be finalized before the NATO summit in Vilnius on July 11-12.

Politico draws attention to the fact that it will be necessary to move a large number of military personnel to the eastern borders of the alliance in a short time. This will require huge funds not only for equipment and weapons, but also for training. At the same time, NATO countries are already in short supply due to their dispatch to Ukraine.

In other words, notes the author of the article, the countries of the alliance will again have to sharply increase military spending and the pace of military production. At the same time, it is uncertain whether NATO has the necessary industrial capabilities for this.

The article points out that NATO’s test of unity will take place this summer, right at the Vilnius summit. In a situation where NATO countries are already worried about the level of arms stockpiles and Ukraine needs further injections, “there is a danger that not all members of the alliance will be able to deliver on the promise and contribute to NATO’s defense plans”. summarizes the author of the article.

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