NATO meets to approve strengthening forces in eastern Europe

February 5, 2015 12:06 PM

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NATO meets to approve strengthening forces in eastern Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO defense ministers met on Thursday to sign off on a network of command centers in eastern Europe to rapidly reinforce the region in the event of any threat from Russia, as well as a new regional headquarters and a bigger rapid reaction force.

They were expected to agree to more than double the size of NATO's existing rapid reaction force - to 30,000 soldiers from 13,000 - and to flesh out details of a 5,000-strong "spearhead" force with a faster reaction time of only a few days.

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