Why we are called in NATO response forces?
26 September, 2013
Why we are called in NATO response forces?
Irakli Alasania, Georgia’s Defence Minister, break almost sensational news when he states that units of Georgian army would be a part of the rapid response forces of NATO from 2015.
The NATO response forces are a relatively new structure in the alliance, even though its predecessor – command of NATO mobile forces - has been established by 60s of the last century. One of the reasons could be the fact that at the time Soviet air assault squads, rapid response
means of Kremlin, were getting especially strong.
The task of NATO response forces is to protect territorial integrity of its member states, demonstrate the power, enforcement peace in the region, protection of strategic facilities and provision of help during natural disasters.
From their inception, NRF held the following operations: provision of security for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, keeping peace during the presidential elections in Afghanistan in 2004, provision of assistance to the United States n 2005 during the Hurricane Katrina disaster and fast delivery of 3500 tons of life-saving aid to victims of the Pakistan earthquake in 2005-06.
These NRF could have prolonged the list of their achievements, should they have been given a chance to protect the territorial integrity of Georgia during the Russian military aggression in the August 2008 war. In reality, they were not.
There are fears in the Georgian public that Georgian troops engaged in NATO rapid response forces would be used in various conflict zones.
No one is going to pressurize indeed. No one forced the Saakashvili’s government last year to increase the number of the Georgian troops stationed in Afghanistan to 1600. Nor is the new government going to cater for this whim of the president entrenched in the opposition.
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