BRUSSELS, Belgium (NEWS10) – Hundreds of thousands of NATO troops are being placed on “high alert” amid tensions with Russia.
The Times reports that NATO commanders want to “prepare a substantial land force capable of deterring Russian aggression.”
It could take up to 180 days for a force of this size to deploy, but the goal is to speed up the deployment.
In recent weeks alone, Russia has moved battleships toward the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas, shifted nuclear-capable missile-launchers into its Kaliningrad enclave neighboring Poland and continued flying bombers down the western European coast.
Tensions have grown between the West and Russia since Crimea was annexed and Russia also backed a pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine.