NATO chief: Alliance OKs changes to meet new threats

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(AP) — NATO’s secretary-general says the U.S.-led alliance has finalized plans for a response force of up to 40,000, twice the current size, and new NATO headquarters offices in Hungary and Slovakia.

The decisions came at a defense ministers’ meeting Thursday that was overshadowed by growing concerns over Russia’s recent military actions in Syria.

Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary-general, announced the ministers’ decisions at a news conference.

“All of this sends a clear message to all NATO citizens. NATO will defend you, NATO is on the ground, NATO is ready,” Stoltenberg said.

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