NATO DMs agree to boost Alliance's defence

BRUSSELS, June 14 (KUNA) — NATO Defence Ministers agreed on important measures to strengthen the Alliance’s defence and deterrence, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference after the end of the first-day of a two-day meeting of the Alliance defence ministers, he said “NATO will deploy by rotation four robust multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.” Ministers also agreed on measures to enhance defence and deterrence in the Black Sea region. “There will also be more pre-positioned equipment and supplies,” he said.
Stoltenberg clarified that NATO does not want to provoke a war or conflict but added “we know that strong deterrence is the best way to prevent a war. And this was very much welcomed today.” The NATO chief said the meeting also addressed the challenges coming from the south with terrorism, violence and instability.
“We are working with partner countries in the region with Afghanistan, with Iraq, with Tunisia with Jordan and other countries to help them build local forces so we can enhance their ability to find ISIL, to fight terrorism and stabilise their countries,” he noted.
The ministers also met in the Nuclear Planning Group, to consider the safety, security and effectiveness of NATO’s nuclear deterrent.
Further they agreed to recognise cyberspace as an operational domain at the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw in July.
“Treating cyber as an operational domain would enable us to better protect our missions and operations,” he added. (end) nk.bs