Dec 2, 2014 10:41 AM

NATO chief: alliance OKs rapid reaction force

The Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) NATO's chief says the alliance member countries have approved a new interim quick-reaction military force to protect themselves from Russia or other threats.

The initial unit, to be up and running in early 2015, is designed to be supplanted later by a permanent force, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

He spoke to reporters after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.

The ministers also approved maintaining measures designed to reassure NATO countries nearest Russia, Stoltenberg said. Such measures include stepped-up air patrols over the Baltic Sea and rotating NATO military units in and out of countries like Poland and the Baltic republics.

"We are protecting our allies and supporting our partners," Stoltenberg said in announcing the decisions taken by the foreign ministers.


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