BERLIN (Reuters) – NATO would struggle to defend the Baltic states from any Russian aggression “with conventional means”, Germany’s Spiegel magazine reported on Sunday, citing sources close to the organization and a draft of a NATO planning document.
“Russia’s ability and intention to undertake significant military action without much forewarning poses a far-reaching threat for the maintenance of security and stability in the European-Atlantic area,” the weekly magazine said, citing a NATO defense planning committee document.
Russia is capable of building up a local or regional military threat at short notice and at an arbitrary spot, the draft document continued.
However, Europe at the end of the Cold War had concluded that “it could reduce its capabilities for fighting conventional, large scale and high intensity conflicts in Europe”.
“While we never comment on alleged leaks or on our defense plans, NATO’s core task is collective defense and we will do what it takes to defend any ally under attack,” said NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu.
Full article: Hard for NATO to defend Baltic states from Russia: Spiegel (Yahoo!)