Three countries agreed to speed up deployment of troops to NATO's eastern flank: what is happening
Germany, the Netherlands and Poland signed an agreement on Tuesday aimed at cutting red tape that impedes the rapid cross-border movement of troops and weapons along one of the main corridors leading from the North Sea to NATO's eastern flank. After Russia's large-scale invasion of Ukraine, NATO and the European Union began to accelerate preparations in case of a military conflict with Moscow.
This was reported by the international news agency Reuters. The United States and other NATO allies are expected to send large military reinforcements through North Sea ports via Germany and Poland to the eastern front.
NATO is currently conducting its largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War called Steadfast Defender 2024, involving about 90,000 troops.
Speaking at an event at the EU's European Defense Agency in Brussels, Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren said it was important to create conditions that allow for the rapid deployment of military forces before any possible conflict arises.
"Geography is what it is. This means that we have to be able to move quickly from the Netherlands through Germany to Poland," she said before the three countries signed a letter of intent for closer cooperation on military mobility.
NATO has warned its members that too much red tape is impeding the movement of troops across Europe, a problem that could lead to serious delays in the event of a conflict with Russia.
NATO forces still need to comply with various rules, ranging from the prior notification required to send ammunition to the permissible length of military convoys.