NATO is not prepared to deal with a military threat from Russia and must adjust to be able to respond to an “unconventional attack”, British lawmakers warned on Thursday.
A report by the committee urged the 28-country alliance to put permanent troops and military equipment in Baltic member nations Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and for headquarters to be established in the region.
It came as the European Union and the United States imposed their toughest sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, accusing Moscow of failing to de-escalate conflict in eastern Ukraine.
The report described developments in Ukraine as a “wake-up call” that has revealed “alarming deficiencies in the state of Nato preparedness”.
It said tactics such as the use of cyber-attacks and irregular militias should be included under NATO’s founding principle, Article 5, under which all members are bound to aid any member which is attacked.
The report called on the British government to use a September NATO summit in Wales to “lead the reordering of Nato” and drive changes to deal with a threat from Russia.
A NATO spokeswoman said the report would be carefully studied, and that the alliance had already acted to up defences, and that an “action-plan” would be discussed at the September summit.