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NATO prepares for Russia's strikes on Europe

NATO prepares for Russia's strikes on Europe Photo: NATO prepares for Russian strikes on Europe (GettyImages)

Despite Russia's focus on the war in Ukraine, Western countries are concerned that it may take further actions that threaten their security, reports The Times.

NATO will have to prepare for Russian strikes on targets across Europe, including in Germany, if the Kremlin starts a war against the alliance, warn high-ranking generals.

In an interview with The Times, Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank, the commander of NATO's military logistics center in Germany, called on allies to streamline bureaucratic procedures that complicate the movement of troops and equipment and to facilitate using each other's military hardware and supplies during a crisis.

"If we compare war and operations ten years ago or five years ago, then we realize that we have to accept that also the rear areas will be severely contested. We have to assume that an aggressor will use the whole spectrum of kinetic and non-kinetic force in order to destroy lines of communication, also in the rear area," says Sollfrank.

NATO leaders believe that the alliance has limited time to take measures to strengthen its defense. They hope to coordinate the introduction of a military Schengen system, allowing military convoys to move freely within the territories of NATO countries, before the alliance summit in Washington in July.

Ukraine - NATO

In January 2024, the first meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council took place in a military format at the level of military commanders.

The format of the Ukraine-NATO Council was established by the decision of the summit in Vilnius in the summer of 2023 as one of the steps on the path to our country's accession to the North Atlantic Alliance.

It was previously known that NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wants to invite Ukraine to NATO "at a certain stage."