NATO could fail if you attempt to place the so-called “rapid reaction Force” in Eastern Europe in case of war with Russia. About it the Financial Times said two high-ranking General of the Alliance, who are familiar with the military and logistics by NATO.
One of the interlocutors of the newspaper reminded that Russia has decided to significantly increased in Kaliningrad, and has also deployed additional military resources in the border areas. The General said, that means rapid reaction forces can be captured before they would be ready to fight, if they try to post to “East of the Oder” (referring to the Eastern border of Germany).
The weaknesses of the rapid reaction forces are one of the main reasons that the Alliance intends to place more troops on the Eastern flank, the FT notes. At the July summit of NATO members of the Alliance plans to approve a number of measures that will better prepare troops not only to deter but also the defense. According to the newspaper, these plans are a sign of how much the Alliance is worried about a possible conflict with Russia in Europe. The foreign Ministers of NATO countries this week in Brussels to hold a Meeting at which they will determine the agenda of the summit and the decisions that can be taken at the meeting.
One of the measures being considered by the Alliance is the deployment of four NATO battalions, each of which is formed by one of its members, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and More. According to a senior Polish diplomat, such a move is “necessary minimum”.
Despite the fact that the use of the rapid reaction force is limited in the cases provided for in article 5 of the NATO Charter (a direct armed attack on members of the Alliance), the Alliance still consider them a critical component of defense. “The quick reaction force required in the cases provided for in article 4, our intention. However, we always take into account the situation at stage five,” said the Polish General Krzystof Krol, Deputy chief of the North-East NATO corps.
A rapid reaction force to help prevent the escalation into armed conflict situations such as civil unrest or cross-border infiltration, said Krol. “The plan was designed to respond to hybrid threats,” explained the General. An example of hybrid warfare in NATO consider Russia’s participation in the Ukrainian crisis, which has been repeatedly rejected in Moscow.
The representative of the Alliance in conversation with the FT stressed that the rapid reaction force suited for rapid deployment in all situations, including during open armed attack on the country of the Alliance. However, he acknowledged that a significant military buildup of Russia complicates the situation.