US General questions NATO Readiness Action Plan

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The United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey cast doubt on NATO’s Readiness Action Plan in Vilnius last week, where defense officials from member states met to discuss how to respond to Russia’s recent aggression in Ukraine.

According to Polish Radio’s English section, German weekly Der Spiegel reported that Dempsey “poured cold water” over the Readiness Action Plan approved at the recent NATO summit in Wales.

“Readiness for action in 48 hours is unrealistic,” General Dempsey allegedly told NATO chiefs of defence in Vilnius a week ago.

The US general apparently argued that soldiers “would have to sleep in uniforms” in order to meet such requirements.

NATO's 48-hour readiness plan has been welcomed by Poland and the Baltic states as an affirmation of the organisation's commitments to defending the region.

As reported, plans for the NATO-backed rapid reaction force for northern Europe called the Joint Expeditionary Force (JAF) are also being drafted by seven member-states led by the United Kingdom.


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