NATO is ready to rise to every challenge, its Secretary General said ahead of the alliance’s summit in Wales on Thursday and Friday (September 4-5).
Anders Fogh Rasmussen said an action plan would be agreed to make NATO more responsive to what he called Russia’s ‘aggressive behaviour’ in Ukraine, and all other security challenges.
“We will now significantly enhance the responsiveness of our NATO response force,” he said. “We will develop what I would call a spearhead within our response force, a very high readiness force able to deploy at very short notice.”
He said he will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the summit to express NATO’s support for the nation and take concrete steps to help.
Ukraine’s political leaders, Rasmussen said, expected the Ukrainian parliament to abandon the country’s non-aligned status after the planned October 26 election.