Inspector General of the Armed Forces of Germany Zorn: the strengthening of NATO forces in the east will be completed by the end of May ” alt=” Germany announced the completion of the strengthening of NATO forces in the east by the end of May” />
NATO is strengthening the eastern flank and will create the necessary military formations on it by the end of May, the Bundeswehr Inspector General said in an interview with the Welt newspaper (German Armed Forces) Eberhard Zorn.
“At the moment, we do not see any signs that would speak of an attack by Russian troops on NATO states. In this regard, we do have time to expand NATO's capabilities and strengthen the eastern flank. Approximately by the end of May, we will create the necessary combat formations in all states from the Baltic to the Black Sea, — said Zorn, answering the question of how much time the alliance needs in connection with the military operation in Ukraine to arm itself to curb Russia's advance to the West.
He stressed that Germany and other countries of the alliance “in no case” will not “use their own forces on Ukrainian territory,” as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden have previously stated.
According to Zorn, after the events of 2014 in Crimea Germany reoriented its armed forces “to national and allied defense” and focused not on modernization, but on staffing troops. “For this, a special fund in the amount of «100 billion»,— said the military.
On NATO's eastern flank, Zorn said, the battlegroups will be modernized, made more flexible and filled with training gaps that arose during the pandemic.
On March 24, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that additional battle groups would be deployed in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia, in addition to four more already in the Baltic countries and Poland.
The Kremlin said that NATO began to reinforce the eastern flank even before the decision was announced. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov indicated that Moscow, in this regard, plans to strengthen its western borders in order to be able to maintain parity with NATO and so that “it would not occur to anyone to attack” to the territory of Russia. President Vladimir Putin has already given instructions to strengthen the borders of the Ministry of Defense, the press secretary clarified.