Stoltenberg said NATO is preparing for escalation with Russia since 2014
The Secretary General of the alliance noted that from that moment on, the bloc began to strengthen its military presence on the eastern borders. The NATO summit decided to invite Sweden and Finland to the bloc
NATO has been preparing for a confrontation with Russia since 2014, the military operation did not come as a surprise to the alliance, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during press conference following the first day of the summit.
“NATO has been preparing for such a possibility for a long time, not that on February 24 we realized that Russia is dangerous,” — he said, adding that Western intelligence had warned countries— NATO members about Russia's buildup of military forces near the borders with Ukraine and its plans to start military operations.
“The reality is that we have been preparing for this since 2014. Therefore, we strengthened our military presence in the east of the alliance and NATO began to invest more money in defense,— Stoltenberg explained.
At the summit, the alliance adopted a new strategic concept, which called Russia “the most serious and direct threat to the security of NATO members and peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic region.” The members of the bloc decided that they would continue to counter the “Russian threats”, “irresponsible rhetoric” Moscow and respond to “its hostile actions.”
NATO also condemned the special operation in Ukraine and called on Russia to immediately cease hostilities.
< /p>The summit is being held in Madrid and will last three days, from 28 to 30 June. In addition to adopting a new strategic concept, NATO members have decided to give Sweden and Finland, which applied to join the alliance in May, the status of invited countries. Turkey has previously opposed their membership, accusing both states of harboring individuals whom Ankara considers to be terrorists. However, the Office of the Finnish President reported that the differences have been settled and Turkey will support the applications of the two countries. Their entry must be approved by all 30 Member States.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the participants of the summit. In his statement, he asked the question — “Has Ukraine not paid enough yet?” for joining NATO, and also called on the West to support Kyiv with weapons, finances and politically, since the fighting in Ukraine is “for the right to dictate terms in Europe.”
Read on RBC Pro Pro Why do Russians refuse to buy apartments and what will happen to demand? and Being Lazy: Jeff Bezos' Healthy Habits Articles Pro The Toyota Production System. Moving away from mass production Summary Pro How to get around sanctions: alternative ways to deliver goods from Europe Ukraine in NATO and its military support by Western countries. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that the expansion of the alliance, including through Sweden and Finland,— it is a destabilizing factor that does not strengthen international security. The Kremlin pointed out that the supply of weapons to Ukraine brought her more “suffering” and the goals of the Russian special operation, despite the military assistance of the West to Kyiv, will be achieved.
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