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NATO Chief Promises Mass Defense Reinforcement Amid Tensions with Russia

Nov. 7, 2016 (EIRNS)—NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told The Times of London that NATO troops will be put on a higher state of alert.

"We have seen Russia being much more active in many different ways.... We have also seen Russia using propaganda in Europe among NATO allies, and that is exactly the reason why NATO is responding. We are responding with the biggest reinforcement of our collective defense since the end of the Cold War,"

Stoltenberg said.

While he did not give precise numbers, U.K. Permanent Representative to NATO Adam Thomson told the newspaper that some 300,000 troops would be affected by the measures, with the aim of shortening response times from half a year to two months.

These troops will back up the current NATO fast-response troops that have a response time of several days.

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