Civilians in West should prepare for conflict with Russia, NATO official says

Rob Bauer, Dutch Admiral, chairman of the NATO military committee

© APA | Rob Bauer, Dutch Admiral, chairman of the NATO military committee

# 19 January 2024 16:14 (UTC +04:00)

A leading NATO official has warned that civilians in the West should prepare for conflict with Russia, APA reports citing Sky News.

Dutch Admiral Rob Bauer, chairman of the NATO military committee, said that while armed forces are already prepared for the outbreak of a war, citizens should also be ready for a conflict that would require a significant change to their lives.

Admiral Bauer said: "We have to realise it's not a given that we are in peace. And that's why we are preparing for a conflict with Russia."

"But the discussion is much wider. It is also the industrial base and also the people that have to understand they play a role."

Admiral Bauer said Sweden had done the right thing by calling for its population to prepare for war earlier this month.

"It starts there," he said. "The realisation that not everything is plannable and not everything is going to be hunky dory in the next 20 years."

The official's warning comes ahead of the launch of NATO's biggest exercise since the Cold War, as the alliance practices repelling an invasion by Russian forces.

Some 90,000 troops are set to join the Steadfast Defender exercise that will run through May, including 20,000 troops from the UK.

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