Additional troops will be deployed to borders with Russia. The justification behind this move is that NATO wants to reinforce its borders with additional 4000 troops.
US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work said the deployment was in response to Russia stepping up military activity around the Baltics.
Russia meanwhile has repeatedly said that their own buildup and exercises were a response to the build up of NATO’s troops and their aggressive posture toward Moscow.
They have warned that the military build up on their border is provocative and could harm regional and global stability.
Although there have already been talks about German troops to be deployed to Lithuania, Berlin is still mulling its participation.
London has not made its mind either, yet is expected to do so before the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw in July.
Ahead of the deployment, NATO officials are also discussing the possibility of making the battalions multinational, combining troops from different countries under the joint NATO command and control system.
Moscow has been unhappy with the NATO military buildup at Russia’s borders for some time now.
According to the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act, the permanent presence of large NATO formations at the Russian border is prohibited. Yet some voices in Brussels are saying that since the NATO troops stationed next to Russia are going to rotate, this kind of military buildup cannot be regarded as a permanent presence.
Russia’s Defense Ministry says it’s ready for a tit-for-tat response to any NATO military activity near Russia’s borders. As Russia’s envoy to NATO Aleksandr Grushko put it, there are no “passive observes” in the Russian armed forces and Moscow would definitely compensate militarily for an “absolutely unjustified military presence.”