Don't Underestimate NATO, German Minister Says on Baltic Visit

Germany's defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, said, on Tuesday that nobody should underestimate NATO's rapid response capacity, which has been ratcheted up in response to worries about Russia's military ambitions after its actions in Ukraine. Ursula von der Leyen said, "Of course the issue of speed and of an adequate response to potential threats plays a major role and I can only recommend that NATO's reaction capacity should not be underestimated. "We have shown the necessary adaptability and this is also a reaction to fast exercises we have seen on the other side of the border,"citing plans to boost defenses and build out a new NATO "spearhead" rapid reaction force of 5,000 soldiers.

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