Politico: deployment of 300,000 soldiers near Russian borders threatens to split NATO
Plans to build a military force of up to 300,000 near Russia's borders could undermine NATO unity through excessive spending. Politico reports.
According to the publication, information about the creation of additional regional forces of the alliance may be announced at a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels on April 3-4. And the plans should be finalized before the NATO summit in Vilnius on July 11-12.
Politico draws attention to the fact that it will be necessary to move a huge number of military personnel to the eastern borders of the alliance in a short time. This will require huge funds not only for equipment and weapons, but also a lot of ammunition for training. At the same time, NATO countries are already experiencing a shortage of them due to being sent to Ukraine.
That is, the author of the article notes, the countries of the alliance will again have to sharply increase military spending and the pace of military production. At the same time, there is no certainty now whether NATO has the necessary industrial capacities for this.
The article emphasizes that NATO's test of unity will take place in the summer, just at the summit in Vilnius. In a situation where NATO countries are already worried about the level of stockpiles of weapons, and Ukraine needs new injections, “there is a danger that not all members of the alliance will be able to fulfill the promise and contribute to NATO defense plans,” the author of the article sums up.