NATO Quick Reaction Force Concept Solidified in February, Says Ministry Official ({{commentsTotal}})

The idea for NATO's new Very High Readiness Joint Task Force will become more clear after the meeting of the alliance's defense ministers in February, said Estonian Ministry of Defense Deputy Secretary General Sven Sakkov.

Sakkov told ERR radio Monday that it will take months before the technical side of the plan to create a 4,000-strong force, which could be deployed in 48 hours, will begin to unfold.

“We will know more precisely after the meeting of NATO defense ministers in February; it will be one of the main topics,” he said.

Estonia is ready to take part in the project, and will want the unit to take part in as many exercises on Estonian, or neighbor-nation soil as possible, Sakkov said.

He said Estonia would like the final decision if and when to deploy the force to fall on the alliance's supreme commander in Europe (currently American General Philip M. Breedlove), not to the North Atlantic Council.

Currently if a NATO member is attacked, all 28 members must decide for themselves if they will come to its aid.