NATO's readiness for challenges at sea has declined, Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the alliance, admitted.
He noted that "Russia has invested heavily in its fleet." Especially Stoltenberg stressed Russia's investments in submarines, whose activities are "now at the highest level since the Cold War", RIA Novosti reports with reference to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
At the same time, after the Cold War, NATO "reduced its capabilities at sea."
"Especially the possibilities of combating submarines," the alliance's Secretary General said, adding that NATO "less trained and lost skills".
Stoltenberg indicated that NATO should be able to transport troops and equipment across the Atlantic. To this end, the alliance is going to create new units.
Recall, the activity of Russian submarines alarmed NATO.