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NATO considers plan to deploy alliance forces across Europe

NATO considers plan to deploy alliance forces across Europe Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

The NATO Joint Support and Enabling Command, the alliance's command center in the southern German city of Ulm, is devising plans for how NATO military forces will deploy across Europe and be sustained and reinforced in the event of a war with Russia, citing the Financial Times.

In this process, lessons learned from the ongoing Steadfast Defender exercises, which simulate a large-scale conflict with an adversary in NATO's east, the largest military games in the alliance's history since the Cold War, will be utilized.

Admiral Rob Bauer, who heads NATO's committee, saidnthat the exercises were aimed at preparing for conflict with Russia.

General Sir Patrick Sanders, who is stepping down as head of the British Army, warned that the British population must be prepared for potential war with Russia.

Sanders said last month that British citizens should be "trained and equipped" to fight, because Moscow planned on "defeating our system and way of life".

According to a British intelligence official, such warnings were not an attempt to sow panic. He noted that warnings are made so that we can anticipate and be forewarned, as there is often a very short time between warning and crisis.

NATO prepares for possible escalations

Previously, NATO Military Committee Chairman Admiral Rob Bauer stated that the alliance needs transformation, and the West must prepare for an era where anything can happen at any time, including the onset of war.

His statement came against the backdrop of delays or restrictions in military aid to Ukraine from the United States and the European Union.

On January 16, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Western wavering in support of Kyiv and fears of escalation in the war with Russia could prolong hostilities for years.

Earlier, the German Bild reported that NATO intends to conduct large-scale exercises in February involving about 90,000 servicemen. The scenario for the exercises is a Russian attack on Alliance territory.