Important decisions expected at NATO summit: defence minister
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NATO defence ministers are expected to give the green light to America's proposed "Four Thirties" military readiness plan at a summit which starts in Brussels on Wednesday, Poland's defence minister has said.
Mariusz BłaszczakKPRM/P.Tracz (Public Domain)
The US plans to have 30 mechanised battalions, 30 air squadrons, and 30 combat vessels ready for deployment within 30 days or less by 2020, amid fears of the security threat posed by Russia.
Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said the summit was also expected green-light two new command centres, one for planning and strategy for the North Atlantic, to be set up in Norfolk, Virginia, on the east coast of the US, the other for logistics in Europe, which is to be established in Ulm, southern Germany.
Stepping up defence spending was also expected to be a hot topic at the summit, Błaszczak said.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly slammed many allies for failing to meet the Western military alliance’s target of member countries spending at least 2 percent of their GDP on defence.