U.S. General calls for “military Schengen” in EU to counter Russia

Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, commanding general of the US Army in Europe. / AFP PHOTO / Wojtek RADWANSKI

The U.S. Army’s commander in Europe is urging European nations to agree on special transport and border rules so that NATO forces can be quickly moved to deter potential aggressors like Russia, Voice of America reported citing the Associated Press.

Lt. General Ben Hodges said Monday “the alliance needs to be able to move as quick, or quicker, than Russian Federation forces if we want our deterrent capability to be effective,” according to a VOA report with the reference to AP.

Hodges is calling for a “military Schengen,” a reference to Europe’s 26-nation Schengen area where people and goods can cross borders without ID checks.

He said NATO needs to know how it can “get that speed within existing peace-time rules for movement on highways, rail and so on” for its deterrent to be effective.

Hodges said parliamentary approval would be needed for new rules to work.



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