A high-ranking NATO official has issued a stark warning, expressing concerns about a potential full-scale war with Russia within the next 20 years. Dutch Adm. Rob Bauer, chairman of NATO’s military committee, emphasized the need for preparation during a press briefing in Brussels after a meeting of NATO’s defense chiefs. Approximately 90,000 NATO troops are set to engage in extensive military drills next week, aiming to demonstrate the alliance’s capability to defend its border with Russia.
NATO’s Preparedness and Concerns
Adm. Bauer underscored the importance of acknowledging the possibility of conflict with Russia, prompting the alliance to enhance its preparedness for various scenarios.
Germany’s Defense Minister Boris Pistorius suggested a potential Russian attack within a decade, citing leaked documents and concerns over weakening support for Ukraine.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis expressed worry, stating that there is no positive outcome for Europe if Ukraine does not succeed, while NATO officials are alarmed by Russia’s significant military expenditure increase.
Mobilization Plans and Readiness
Adm. Bauer called for NATO governments to plan for the mass mobilization of civilians in the event of war, emphasizing the unpredictable nature of the next two decades.
Concerns were raised about the depletion of the alliance’s military preparedness and weaponry compared to Russia’s substantial increase in military expenditure and manufacturing.
Adm. Bauer stressed the importance of having systems in place for locating additional personnel during wartime and ensuring a reliable industrial base for rapid weapon and ammunition production.