NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss how to bolster the alliance’s eastern flank in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The gathering could have implications beyond the alliance. Defense Minister of Ukraine, where President Volodymyr Zelensky urged NATO to provide more military assistance, will participate. So will those from Finland and Sweden – where the idea of joining the alliance is gaining traction – as well as representatives from Georgia and the European Union, NATO said.
The rally also serves as a springboard ahead of a hastily called summit of NATO leaders next week, which is expected to see President Biden travel to Brussels to participate. The summit is scheduled for March 24.
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, said defense ministers were meeting “at a decisive moment for our security”. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Belarus’ military integration create a new security situation for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, he said.
“We need to redefine NATO’s military posture for this new reality,” he said.
On the agenda is the permanent deployment of more ground forces with higher alert status to the countries closest to Russia, with more military equipment pre-positioned there, he said. he declares. Major increases in air and naval deployments, bolstering air and missile defenses, bolstering cyber defenses, more exercises and other measures will likely also be discussed, he said.