NATO intends to deploy permanent military forces on the Russian border of member-states, Estonia and Latvia, to defend against any potential military offensives by Russia. The move is an effort to defend NATO members from further aggression by Putin as tensions continue in Europe.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg revealed the alliance’s plans in an interview with The Telegraph. According to him, the alliance is “in the midst of a very fundamental transformation,” which will show Russian President Vladimir Putin “the long-term consequences” of his aggressions.

These bases are typically built and purchased by the host country and NATO forces pre-position tanks, ammunition, artillery and other implements of war and supplies, while troops serve there on rotational deployments. So while the bases and equipment would be permanent fixtures, the troops themselves would not be.  This will add to the stresses of an ever-shrinking number of troops in the US Army overall and increase the number and length of their deployments overseas.

“What we see now is a new reality, a new normal for European security. Therefore, we have now asked our military commanders to provide options for what we call a reset, a longer-term adaptation of NATO,” Stoltenberg said. He added that NATO leaders are expected to make the final decision during the alliance’s summit in Madrid this June.