Brussels, 24 February 2022 (TDI): At the emergency talks today, NATO has agreed to up the ante by deploying more land, sea, and air forces on its eastern side near Ukraine.

This latest development comes in the wake of Russian President, Vladimir Putin ordering a military offensive in Ukraine. In this regard, the NATO Ambassadors gave a statement.

The statement disclosed the news about the deployment of additional defensive land and air forces to the eastern territory of the alliance. Additionally, maritime assets will be ordered to take the position.

 “We have increased the readiness of our forces to respond to all contingencies.”

The emergency session of the meeting was called at the request of the countries closest to the conflict, under Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty. The countries are Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.

Under Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty, an emergency session can be launched when the political independence, territorial integrity, or security of any of the member countries is threatened.

The recent escalation has created an environment of uncertainty for all stakeholders. Some NATO countries are providing ammunition as well as other equipment to Ukraine.

However, even though NATO is on high alert, as an organization it won’t launch any military action as Ukraine is a close partner but not a member.

In a joint statement, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have conveyed that they urgently need to provide arms and weapons to the Ukrainian people along with military support to defend themselves.

Moreover, they will also provide economic, financial, and political assistance and support, humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

One of the main issues of contention between Russia and the EU is NATO’s beefed-up defenses in northeastern Europe in the wake of the Crimean Peninsula’s annexation by Russia in 2014.