NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, says the organisation’s Defence Ministers are determined to boost response forces to be able to deploy troops speedily to defend allies, while it figures out a proper response to Russia’s presence in Syria.
Russia has been conducting airstrikes in Syria, supposedly on the Islamic State (IS) militants, and recently began launching rocket strikes on targets.
Mr. Stoltenberg disclosed that Russia’s involvement has not been helpful.
Russia on the other hand, has denied it has been targeting opponents of Bashar al-Assad. It says its strikes have hit infrastructure of the so-called IS and other militant groups.
The IS has been waging a war on the Syrian and Iraqi governments, in a bid to establish a caliphate.
Heavy fighting has been reported in areas of Idlib, Hama and Latakia provinces, where a coalition of rebels that includes the Nusra Front operates.