NATO to create 4,000 troop high-readiness force to counter Russia alongside British-led 10,000 strong Rapid Response Team

by The Daily Lede


Nato officials have confirmed it’s plan to create a 4,000-strong “spearhead” high-readiness force able to be deployed on short notice in eastern Europe and Baltic states to counter Russian aggression.

The plan is expected to be approved at the Nato Summit in Wales later in the week.

The force will be drawn on a rotational basis from allied nations and could see action on very short notice, said UN secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The team will be made up of both regular and special forces supported by air and naval forces on an as-needed basis.

The spearhead force is separate from the proposed British-led 10,000 troop Rapid Response team also to be discussed at this weeks Nato Summit in Wales.  The British force would be comprised of air, naval and ground troops from seven Nato nations and would also be engaged in peacekeeping missions as well as crisis management.