(QHA) -

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is drawing up plans to ensure its members can respond more quickly to crises in the aftermath of Russia's "aggression" in Ukraine, the alliance's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday. 

NATO would review a proposed readiness "action plan" at an upcoming summit in September in Britain. 

"Obviously Russia's aggression against Ukraine will put a lot of emphasis on the need for a strong, collective defense," - Rasmussen said during a visit to the US capital. 

"That's why at the summit I hope we will adopt a readiness action plan which will improve our ability to respond swiftly," he said. 

Rasmussen said the proposal would enable NATO to respond to a range of threats and crises, not only on the borders of Eastern European states but across the Middle East and North Africa. 

The plan would examine pre-positioning equipment, intelligence sharing and early-warning procedures, as well as bolstering a NATO rapid response unit and special forces, he said. 

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