Russia is a direct threat: NATO countries will increase the rapid reaction force eight times

Prior to this, in the strategic concept of the Alliance, the Russian Federation was defined as a partner.

Jens Stoltenberg / photo REUTERS
Jens Stoltenberg / photo REUTERS

NATO countries in the new strategic concept recognize Russia as a direct threat to collective security, and will also increase the number of rapid reaction forces.

This was stated by Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a briefing before the NATO summit.

“Our new concept will be our guide in an era of strategic competition. I expect it to be clear that the allied countries consider Russia the most serious and direct threat to our security,” he said.

He added that members of the Alliance will increase the number of rapid reaction forces eight times – from 40 to 300 thousand troops – due to the advent of the era of “strategic rivalry”:

“We will transform the NATO Response Force. And we will increase the size of our rapid reaction force to more than 300,000. We will also increase our ability to reinforce in times of crisis and conflict.”

Stoltenberg expects allies to make it clear that Russia has become “the most serious and direct threat to our security.” Prior to this, in the strategic concept of NATO, Russia was defined as a partner of the alliance.

This week, Madrid will host a NATO summit where the 30 members of the alliance are also expected to agree on further support for Ukraine in its war against Russia.

Recall, earlier it was reported that NATO could begin the largest deployment of the Alliance forces since the Cold War .

(C)UNIAN 2022


  1. It took NATO 14 years to realise that Russia is a threat. Good going, maybe they should read this blog more.

    • Yep, 14 years ago if NATO would have shown some spine instead of hiding by the membership question, none of this would have happened. This is NATO’s description of their mission:

      NATO is a crisis management organisation that has the capacity to undertake a wide range of military operations and missions.
      It is engaged in operations and missions around the world, managing often complex ground, air and naval operations in all types of environment; with the outbreak of COVID-19, NATO is ensuring that deployed personnel are protected from the ongoing pandemic.
      NATO leads operations in Kosovo and the Mediterranean.
      In 2018, NATO initiated a training mission in Iraq, which aims at developing the capacity of Iraq’s security forces, its defence and security institutions, and its national defence academies.
      NATO is also supporting the African Union and conducting air policing missions on the request of its Allies. Furthermore, NATO is assisting with the response to the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe and has Patriot missiles and AWACS aircraft deployed in Türkiye.
      It also carries out disaster relief operations and missions to protect populations against natural, technological or humanitarian disasters.
      While neither an operation nor a mission as such, NATO is supporting civilian efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in member and partner countries, and providing support for local authorities where NATO troops are deployed.
      The tempo and diversity of operations and missions in which NATO is involved have increased since the early 1990s.

      Yet they have no time or will to defend the European nation of Ukraine….I think I’m going to be sick.

  2. “Russia is a direct threat”

    Shiver me timbers, it took this club much more than long enough to come to this conclusion.
    Although, there are some members who still don’t see it that way!

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