Subject: NATO response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

In response to Russia’s actions, the Allies activated NATO defense plans, deployed elements of the NATO Response Force and placed 40,000 troops in the eastern part of the Alliance, as well as important air and naval assets, under the direct command of NATO, supported by the national forces of the Allies. deployments. NATO is also establishing four multinational battlegroups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, in addition to existing battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The eight battlegroups will stretch along NATO’s eastern flank, from the Baltic Sea in the north to the Black Sea in the south.

NATO Allies are also building the resilience of their societies and infrastructures to counter the harmful influence of Russia. This includes improving cyber capabilities and defenses, and providing mutual support in the event of cyber attacks. Allies stand ready to impose costs on those who harm them in cyberspace, and are stepping up information sharing and situational awareness, improving civilian preparedness, and enhancing their ability to respond to disinformation. NATO Allies will also enhance their preparedness and readiness for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.

In addition to these immediate responses, NATO is also strengthening its longer-term deterrence and defense posture to deal with a more dangerous strategic reality. This will include significant developments in all areas – from significant increases in land, air and sea forces, to strengthening cyber defenses, to making better use of space assets. These measures will be supported by reinforced exercises with greater emphasis on collective defense and interoperability.

NATO is not looking for a war with Russia. NATO is a defensive alliance. All measures are and will remain preventive, proportionate and non-progressive.

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Jessica C. Bell