The participants of the upcoming NATO summit on July 11-12 in Brussels are expected to approve the increase of more than 8,000 military and civilian personnel of the command structures of the North Atlantic Alliance, RIA Novosti learned from a diplomatic source in Brussels.
“The summit participants will, in particular, approve an increase of 1,340 personnel for the personnel of the NATO command structures, which now numbers 6,800 military and civilian personnel,” the source of the agency familiar with the issue said.
At a session of the NATO Council on June 8 this year, a decision was made to create two new commands responsible for protecting maritime communications in the North Atlantic and ensuring the rapid transfer of troops from the mainland to the European theater of operations. NATO countries also decided to establish a cyber operations center within the new command structure.
Since 2020, NATO plans to support 30 battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 warships in readiness for use 30 days later.