NATO is deploying some of its combat-ready response force to help protect member nations near Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday.
“There must be no space for miscalculation or misunderstanding. We will do what it takes to protect and defend every ally and every inch of NATO territory,” he said.
Stoltenberg made the announcement during a news conference, where he also said that NATO would continue to send weapons to Ukraine.
This will be the first time the organization has ever mobilized its NATO Defense Force (NRF) “in the context of collective defense,” Stoltenberg said at the news conference.
The NRF is described on the NATO website as “a highly ready and technologically advanced multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and Special Operations Forces (SOF) components that the Alliance can deploy quickly, wherever needed.”
The NRF has been activated in the past for purposes other than defending NATO, such as in August of 2021 to help the evacuation and relocation of Afghans, as well as their families, who aided NATO.
Stoltenberg said that the Kremlin’s objectives in launching the attack were larger than Ukraine.