NATO are considering sending 300,000 troops to the Russian border in an attempt to make Vladimir Putin think twice about invading an alliance country.
However, Putin could use this to his advantage with the Kremlin and the Russia people to use this to his advantage as proof the West want to decimate the Russian Federation.
Politico reported that it would be a challenging coordinated effort for the 30 NATO members to provide equipment, troops weaponry and vast amounts of ammunition which is already depleted, and Putin knows this.
James J. Townsend Jr., a former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO policy told Politico, “If there’s not somebody hosting the potluck and telling everybody what to bring, then everyone would bring potato chips because potato chips are cheap, easy to get.
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He added, that “Nations, would rather bring potato chips.”
NATO leaders will submit their updated regional defence plans and officials are to put forward their ideas of 300,000 troops to guard the Russian border, the publication wrote.
Within the next 10 days the first batch of 100,000 NATO troops could deploy to the Russian border which will be made of soldiers from Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Estonia and Norway.
Within a month more troops could be deployed from European countries such as Germany
A senior NATO military official said, “I think you need forces to counter a realistic Russia,” which underscores the requirement for “more troops.”
Ben Hodges, former commander of U.S. Army Europe, said, “readiness” is “basically, do you have all the stuff you’re supposed to have to do the mission assigned to a unit of a particular size?
“An artillery battalion needs to shoot X number of rounds per year for planning purposes in order to maintain its level of proficiency.”
A tank battalion must hit their targets and will have to react to different situations, by demonstrating “proficiency on the move, day and night, hitting targets that are moving.”
He added, “It’s all very challenging,” then said there is need for training ranges and ammunition, “This obviously takes time and it’s also expensive.”