Nato has finalised plans for a response force of up to 40,000, twice the current size, and new Nato headquarters offices in Hungary and Slovakia, its secretary general said.
The decisions came at a defence ministers’ meeting in Brussels, Belgium, that was overshadowed by growing concerns over Russia’s recent military actions in Syria.
Jens Stoltenberg announced the ministers’ decisions at a news conference.
“All of this sends a clear message to all Nato citizens. Nato will defend you, Nato is on the ground, Nato is ready,” Mr Stoltenberg said.