DGerman soldiers could be sent on crisis missions in other NATO and partner countries during the second wave of the corona pandemic. As a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of the German Press Agency confirmed on request, the Federal government Nato has promised support for its “Allied Hand” emergency plan. According to this, medical personnel, pioneers and experts from the troops would be made available for deployments abroad to counter nuclear, biological or chemical dangers.
A total of around 160 specialists should be possible. In addition, there could be soldiers who support the respective deployment from Germany, according to the Ministry of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU).
The emergency plan should be activated, for example, if the health system in allies or NATO partner countries such as Ukraine, Georgia or Sweden threatens to collapse due to very high numbers of infections and the affected state asks for support. A resolution by the 30 NATO states in the North Atlantic Council would also be necessary.
NATO plan “Allied Hand” helps with money and equipment
In addition to Germany, according to information from alliance circles, four other allied troops have so far committed themselves, including Great Britain and France. At the alliance headquarters it is hoped that other states will follow suit in the coming weeks. The NATO armed forces could also be used to transport ambulances or to set up field hospitals.
The “Allied Hand” operation plan is part of NATO’s preparations for a further escalation of the pandemic. They also include setting up a trust fund and building camps of medical equipment. So could NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Already announced almost two weeks ago that the small and comparatively financially weak alliance of North Macedonia will be provided with 60 ventilators, among other things, and another 60 have been delivered to Albania. “This is NATO solidarity in action,” commented Stoltenberg.
The armed forces had already supported partner bilaterally during the first wave of the pandemic. The German Armed Forces helped out overloaded clinics in Great Britain with mobile ventilators. In Germany, soldiers are currently supporting offices in tracking chains of infection. In addition, there have recently been, for example, deployments in connection with corona tests on return travelers or the transport of medical material.