NATO Response to Russian Aggression in Ukraine
WHAT TO DO ABOUT RUSSIA, Army Magazine Feb. 2015
On the 4th and 5th of September, 2014, the 28 leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization met in Wales, United Kingdom, and “designed a package of measure aimed at dealing with Russian aggression in Ukraine and at providing safety to other countries that border Russia.” The resulting Readiness Action Plan involves, in part, the establishment of a 5,000 Soldier Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, capable of deploying anywhere in the world within two days. It will be comprised of Soldiers from different NATO countries, and will most likely be based in Poland, Romania, or one of the Baltic states. This is in addition to establishing a Joint Expeditionary Force of 10,000 Soldiers from the Baltic states, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and up to 3,500 United Kingdom Soldiers.
Although NATO is banned from placing substantial combat forces in Eastern Europe on a permanent basis , the plan includes expanding “staff and logistics infrastructure” in Eastern Europe. NATO also plans to conduct military training and exercises as part of a process to expand cooperation with countries located near Russia, specifically Ukraine, Georgia, Finland and Moldavia. A trust fund is being established, expected to reach 15,000,000 Euros, for the modernization of the Ukrainian Army.
The article contains a photograph of M1A2 tanks of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Army, conducting tank gunnery training in Poland recently. This is part of a U.S. government initiative to help develop a new defense strategy for Ukraine. NATO members are prepared to supply lethal and non-lethal weapons as well.
Michael P. Hrycak, Esq.
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From ARMY Magazine, February, 2015. Copyright 2015 by the Association of the U.S. Army. Limited reprint permission granted by AUSA, What to Do About Russia, by Eugene Gerden, pg. 28