NATO backs plan to boost alliance's defenses
NATO leaders approved a plan on Friday to boost the alliance's defenses in eastern Europe, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
The plan, adopted at a summit in Wales, includes creating a "spearhead" rapid reaction force and pre-positioning supplies and equipment in eastern European countries so they can be rapidly reinforced in a crisis, Reuters reported.
The initiative is intended to reassure former Soviet bloc states that have joined the U.S.-led the alliance, especially Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
The allies also agreed to hold the next NATO summit in Poland in 2016 in a symbolic gesture of support, Rasmussen said.