NATO allies agree to modernize command structure

NATO allies agree to modernize command structure

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says despite the differences, the United States and its NATO allies have agreed to modernise their command structure in the face of a more assertive Russia and perceived threats from the Middle East.

He was addressing a press conference in Brussels after two days of talks attended by US Defense Secretary James Mattis and his fellow NATO ministers.

The ministers agreed to set up an Atlantic command to protect the maritime routes between Europe and North America.

They also decided to improve the movement of troops in Europe and boost troop rapid response.

Stoltenberg said the alliance will decide in June where to locate the new commands and how many staff they will have.(AFP )