NATO will launch a new virtual network comprising national and commercial satellites, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg revealed in a press conference on Monday ahead of a meeting of NATO war ministers.
This will improve our intelligence and surveillance, to facilitate the sharing of intelligence data between commercial and national systems and support NATO missions or operations to allow for better navigation, communication, and early (warning) of missile launches.
The move comes several months after the Russian Foreign Ministry warned that Western commercial satellites being used in the Ukraine conflict have become valid military targets.
Stoltenberg acknowledged that the network, as well as the much-needed replenishment of member nations’ weapons store supply after a year of fighting against Russia would require increased military spending from those nations at the front lines.
The day’s meeting would thus include discussions of how to maintain and step up military spending across the alliance.
An expansion of NATO’s war efforts is needed in Eastern Europe, explaining that war ministers must also address how to step up our support for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Moldova, whom he called valued partners against Russian peace efforts.
While none of the three named countries are NATO members, the bloc has encouraged them to cozy up to it as the conflict in Ukraine drags on.
Moldova received EU candidate status in June, Bosnia in December, and Georgia applied for EU membership in March 2022, though none have officially applied for NATO membership.
Russia has adamantly opposed NATO expansion since the fall of the Berlin Wall, viewing the military alliance’s efforts to encroach on its borders and place missiles on its western flank as a direct and imminent threat.
Moscow has sought a promise from Kiev that it will never join the NATO war bloc, though such a pledge has not been forthcoming, after political pressure from Washington DC.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2023.