Turkey Takes Command of NATO Task Force as It Confirms Russia Arms Deal | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Turkey Takes Command of NATO Task Force as It Confirms Russia Arms Deal

NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) will be led by Turkey in 2021, the military bloc said on Wednesday. The news came on the same day Turkey confirmed it will snub NATO-ally U.S. and pursue major arms deals with Russia.

The quick-deployment unit of 6,400 personnel was previously the responsibility from Poland and the new command will begin on Jan. 1, a NATO statement said.

UPI reports the VJTF places soldiers on standby status and ready to deploy, with leadership rotated annually among NATO members, with the majority of the force’s personnel comprised of units from the lead country.

The approximately 4,200 troops of Turkey’s 66th Mechanized Infantry Brigade Command, and about 2,200 more from Albania, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Britain and the United States, will serve in the unit.

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