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NATO to boost high-ready troops to 300,000


The alliance has agreed to increase its number of troops at high readiness from 40,000 to 300,000 and boost defences on its eastern flank.

  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo has met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv to help rekindle peace talks with Russia and explore ways to free up exports of grain to global markets.
  • Kyiv says 144 Ukrainian soldiers, including scores of defenders of the Azovstal steelworks in the southern port city of Mariupol, had been freed in a prisoner swap with Moscow.
  • NATO has agreed to put more than 300,000 troops at high readiness from 2023, up from 40,000 previously, a new military line-up resembling the alliance’s Cold War posture.
(Al Jazeera)

Here are the latest updates:

40 mins ago (23:43 GMT)

NATO vastly expands troops at high readiness for long-term Russian threat

NATO has agreed to put more than 300,000 troops at high readiness from 2023, up from 40,000 previously, a new military line-up designed to better counter Russia, the country the alliance has designated as posing the greatest threat.

The move replaces the NATO Response Force, which was for years the first to respond to any Russian attack or other crisis. The new model resembles the way NATO forces were organised during the Cold War. At that time, specific allied countries were assigned the defence of specific sectors of the border between Western and Eastern Germany.

“Today, NATO leaders decided a fundamental shift in our defence and deterrence to respond to a new security reality,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters, adding NATO would enhance its “battlegroups in the eastern part of the alliance up to brigade level.”

A brigade has some 3,000 to 5,000 troops, while a battalion – the unit that made up a battlegroup in the past – normally has between 300 to 1,000 troops.

48 mins ago (23:35 GMT)

Biden thanks Erdogan for NATO deal on Finland, Sweden

US President Joe Biden has thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for striking a deal with Finland and Sweden that has paved the way for the two Nordic countries to soon become NATO candidates.

Biden, in brief remarks before their meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid, also thanked Erdogan for Ankara’s efforts to help get grain out of Ukraine. Erdogan said he hoped diplomacy would help solve the issues around Ukraine’s grain exports.

57 mins ago (23:27 GMT)

Canada to lead efforts to form ‘combat capable’ brigade in Latvia: Minister

Canada has signed an agreement to work with Latvia and NATO partners to lead efforts to form a “combat capable” brigade in Latvia, Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand has said.

“This is a commitment that the Canadian government is making together with Latvia to work with our allies to move towards and surge to a brigade level force in Latvia,” Anand told reporters, adding that details about exact number of troops had not yet been determined.

“We will commit additional troops with our allies going forward, but we need to have the conversation about how many additional troops will be committed by each of the 10 member nations of the Enhanced Forward Presence battle group,” Anand said.

60 mins ago (23:24 GMT)

Indonesian President offers to ‘deliver message’ to Putin from Ukraine

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has offered to “deliver a message” from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Russian leader Vladimir Putin to try to boost peace hopes.

“Even though it’s very hard to achieve, I expressed the importance of a peaceful resolution. I offer to deliver a message from President Zelenskyy to President Putin that I’ll meet soon,” Widodo – known as Jokowi – said.

He also confirmed Indonesia’s contribution to medical and infrastructure aid to Kyiv.

Jokowi arrived in Kyiv from Poland by train on Wednesday morning. He also visited the town of Irpin where Ukraine suspects Russian soldiers committed atrocities. Moscow denies the allegations.

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo greeted by Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy during their meeting as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, at the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy greets Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, at the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, June 29, 2022 [Laily Rachev/Courtesy of Indonesian Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters]

1 hour ago (23:20 GMT)

IAEA loses transmission from Ukraine’s Russian-held nuclear power plant

The United Nations atomic watchdog has said it has again lost its connection to its surveillance systems keeping track of nuclear material at the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Europe’s largest, which the watchdog wants to inspect.

“The fact that our remote safeguards data transmission is down again – for the second time in the past month – only adds to the urgency to dispatch this mission (to Zaporizhzhia),” the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement on Wednesday. The connection was lost on Saturday “due to a disruption of the facility’s communication systems”, it added.


Read all the updates from June 29 here.

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