UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg discussed how NATO can further reassure allies and partners in Europe in London on 23 November.
The two leaders agreed to build on the commitments made at the Warsaw and Wales Summits: countering hybrid threats, supporting greater maritime co-operation and boasting our cyber security. Fallon also praised NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence operations in the Baltic States, facing an increasingly assertive and unpredictable Russia.
Fallon has recently stated that the UK will commit RAF TYPHOON aircraft to Romania as part of the NATO Southern Air Policing mission to offer reassurance to Black Sea allies and has also confirmed that the UK will send 800 personnel to Estonia as one of four framework battalions to NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, to which France and Denmark will contribute further troops.
“Britain is stepping up to deal with the threats we face. The Army and RAF are providing assurance to NATO allies; with troops going to Estonia and Poland and jets being deployed to the Black Sea. Our Royal Navy is taking on people traffickers and training new Libyan forces in the Mediterranean. The UK is ahead of the NATO spending target and we’re ensuring the Royal Navy is growing with cutting-edge new aircraft carriers, frigates and submarines launching over the next few years,” he stated.
The UK is one of five of the 28 member states of NATO currently meeting the 2% defence spending target, backed by a £178 billion equipment plan and defence budget rising in real terms for the rest of this parliament.