NATO Secretary-General Calls On Alliance To Prepare For, and Prevent "Decades Of Confrontation" With Russia, Alliance Holding Largest Military Exercise In Decades
Stoltenberg said the alliance is holding the largest military exercise in decades and addressed the "Challenge Posed By China" which is joining forces with Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
EUROPE - The head of the NATO alliance, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called for an increased production of weapons and ammunition in Europe and a shift from "slow peacetime to high-tempo conflict production" in both support of Ukraine, and to prepare for, and prevent "potentially decades of confrontation" with Russia.
Stoltenberg also said the alliance is holding the largest military exercise in decades and addressed the "Challenge Posed By China" which also includes Russia, Iran, and North Korea, as well as the fact that the countries are "increasingly joining forces".
The exercises will be largely held in: Finland, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom, according to the U.S. Air Force, adding that it will include 50 naval assets, including aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates and corvettes.
Speaking to the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Stoltenberg said “We have to prepare ourselves for a confrontation that could last decades”.
He also said, "We need to reconstitute and expand our industrial base faster, to increase deliveries to Ukraine and refill our own stocks," adding, "This means shifting from slow peacetime to high-tempo conflict production".