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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the reaction force in 2023 will be increased by almost eight times - up to 300,000 troops.

"We will make a decision at the summit to invite Sweden and Finland to become members, that's unprecedented quick," he told reporters in Madrid on June 29. Both countries applied for membership of the alliance in mid-May.

"After invitation, we need a ratification process in 30 parliaments," he added. "That always takes some time but I expect also that to go rather quickly because allies are ready to try to make that ratification process happen as quickly as possible."

At the moment, before the ratification of the new strategic security concept, the size of the rapid reaction force is 40 thousand people.

The NATO Rapid Response Force refers to the military units that the member states of the alliance have placed at the disposal of the Operational Command of the military-political bloc. They are designed to provide operational support to NATO operations.

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