Five warships of the Royal Navy of great Britain will be sent to the Baltic sea. The squadron is designed to show the States of Eastern Europe that the NATO bloc is ready to protect them from possible aggression from Russia.
According to the newspaper the Guardian, in the composition of the task force will include missile frigate Iron Duke, the latest type 45 destroyer and three escort ship. Personal squad – 530 sailors. British media remind that in 2015 in the Baltic sea was sent the largest ship of the British Navy – the amphibious assault ship Ocean.
«Thus we declare to the enemies that are ready to respond to any threats against our allies. In 2016 we pay special attention to the Baltic sea», — said the Minister of defence of the United Kingdom Michael Fallon.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also noted that all members of the Alliance recognized the need to take real measures. «I call on Ministers to increase the presence on the Eastern border of the Alliance. We must strengthen collective security by demonstrating to the aggressor that we are not intimidated», he said.
According to Stoltenberg, the main issue to be discussed on February 10 at a meeting of NATO defense Ministers in Brussels, will be the situation on the Eastern borders of the Alliance. He stressed that the threat to collective security and Russia’s actions in Syria.
The U.S. Secretary of defense ash Carter is going to present a fourfold increase in military allocations in the defense of Europe – to 3.4 billion dollars a year. This will significantly strengthen the group of American troops in the European theater.
Will also discuss the question of sending to Eastern Europe rapid reaction corps composed of 6,000 soldiers. Part of the new group will be deployed in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.
The body becomes armored brigade of the U.S. army, the contents of which will be allocated half of the U.S. funds. The final decision on this issue will be taken at the Alliance’s summit this summer.