Stoltenberg acknowledged the loss of NATO forces of combat skills at sea
MOSCOW, 24 Dec — RIA Novosti. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said about the higher level of activity of Russian submarines and acknowledged that the fleet of the Alliance has lost the necessary fighting skills in the sea.
“Russia has invested heavily in its fleet, especially submarines. The activities of Russian submarines are now at the highest level since the cold war,” he said in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The meeting was also attended by the Financial Times and the Washington Post.
At the same time, Stoltenberg pointed to the willingness of the Alliance to meet the challenges at sea.
“After the cold war NATO has reduced their capabilities in sea, especially in the fight against submarines. We are less trained and lost skills,” he explained.
Stoltenberg also said that NATO must be able to transport troops and equipment across the Atlantic, and in this regard, he mentioned plans to create new divisions.
Earlier the defense Ministers of countries-members of NATO agreed on a plan for the adaptation of the command structure, involving the creation of two commands: the Atlantic for the protection of transport routes between North America and Europe, and logistics to ensure the transportation of troops and equipment in Europe.
It was also decided to establish a center of cyber operations and integrating national kiberbezopasnosti in the mission and operations of the Alliance while maintaining complete control over them by member countries. Stoltenberg said that the adaptation of the command structure is, in particular, because of the situation around Ukraine.