In the event of hybrid threat, NATO would also trigger the collective defense

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BulgarianMilitary.com), 13 July 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva, Photo Credit: Drop of Light / Shutterstock

On the meeting of the leaders of NATO countries were taken decisions such as to be triggered the collective defense in case of hybrid attack, to be increased the number of military forces in the Eastern part of the Alliance, and also to be taken additional measures to protect against terrorism, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The declaration says “Any attack against one Ally will be regarded as an attack against us all, as set out in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. We will continue to stand together and act together on the basis of solidarity, common goals and fair burden sharing.”

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On the subject of Russia, the leaders of the member states decided to suspend all their practical civil and military cooperation with the country, as well as to split up with their dependency of the armament use that is Soviet and Russian production. They appeal for the Russian forces to be withdrawn from the sovereign territories of Moldova (Transnistria), Ukraine (Crimea and breakaway territories) and Georgia (Abkhazia and South Ossetia).

“We strongly condemn Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea, that we renounce and will never renounce” – stated the leaders of the member states.
Despite these decisions, NATO is still open for a political dialog with Russia.

On this subject, in the declaration is also said, that NATO does not look for confrontations with Russia, and that NATO is not a threat for it.

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“NATO also is committed to improve their capabilities and technologies, including to defend against improvised explosive devices and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats and to counter terrorist misuse of technology” – declared the NATO leaders.

To the total reserve of the Allies’ forces, NATO is planning to provide itself with more highly qualified fighting national forces, that possess a high degree of readiness, as well as additional 30 large Naval units, 30 heavy middle maneuvering battalion units and 30 kinetic and air squadrons. The term for them to be ready is 30 or less days.

Furthermore, the leaders of the member states decided to start elaboration of NATO space policy.

New centers will be established. The first, on Belgium territory, will be an operational center for cyberspace. Its aim is to provide coordination of NATO operational actions in cyberspace.
An Unified Command Center will be opened in Norfolc, US. Its function will be to protect transatlantic lines and communication, as well as a Center for an unified command for support and authority, situated in Germany, that will guarantee the freedom of operation and stability in the remote areas of Europe and beyond.

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