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Britain denied media reports that it is not ready to lead NATO in 2024

Jan 4, 2023

Britain assured on Tuesday that it is ready to lead NATO's multinational Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2024, refuting press reports that the German Defense Ministry is willing to consider continuing its chairmanship beyond 2023.

Reuters reported that.

"Britain is ready to fulfill its commitment to lead NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force in 2024 - any suggestion to the contrary is completely untrue," said a British defense ministry spokesman.

"NATO is now reviewing its military plans and force model, which could affect their requests to members of the Alliance," the spokesman added.

Earlier Tuesday, Table.Media, citing German army sources, reported that Britain will take over leadership of NATO in 2024 months later than planned.

"I can't tell you anything official about that right now," a German defense ministry spokesman told the agency in response.

The VJTF was created in 2014 on the basis of the reinforced NATO Response Force after Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and crises in the Middle East.

Author - Olena Madiak, 04/01/2023

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