Despite the rhetoric of the representatives of the Russian Federation, NATO is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine. The Alliance is making efforts to prevent this war from escalating into a full-scale war in Europe.
“Over the past few days, we have seen the escalation of this war, which was caused by Russia, with its fake “referendums” in four regions of Ukraine, combined with the nuclear rhetoric of President Putin and other Russian leaders, as well as with the decision to mobilize the armed forces in Russia. This a serious escalation of the conflict, which can only lead to more suffering and death,” said the head of the Alliance.
He separately emphasized that such actions by Russia will not shake the political, economic and military support of NATO and its member countries to Ukraine, so they, together with the EU and other partners, will support Ukraine as long as it is necessary.
At the same time, Stoltenberg noted that there is a threat of escalation of this war outside the borders of Ukraine. The war is now a very difficult test for the people of Ukraine, but it will become even more terrible if it turns into a full-scale war between NATO and Russia. That is why the Alliance is making efforts to prevent this war from escalating into a full-scale war across Europe.
“Now NATO and NATO allies are not a party to this conflict. Yes, we support Ukraine, but we do not have NATO troops there or NATO aircraft in its air. Ukraine has the right to self-defense under the provisions of the UN Charter, like any other state, against which is being attacked. We support Ukraine in upholding this right. But we are not a party to the conflict. At the same time, Russia seeks to portray this conflict as a war between Russia and NATO, as its war with the West. This war is not like that. It is an aggressive war against Russia of Ukraine. We support Ukraine in self-defense, which does not make us a party to the conflict,” the head of the Alliance explained.
The Secretary General separately emphasized that an important component of NATO’s deterrence policy is the readiness to protect all NATO allies. An attack on any of them will trigger a response from the entire Alliance. This principle is followed by significantly increasing the presence of NATO troops, especially in the eastern part of the Alliance. There are currently 40,000 military personnel there, supported by substantial naval and air forces.
“This is a very important message. We are not doing this to provoke conflict, but to prevent conflict. NATO’s task is to keep the peace, because we are a defensive Alliance. We are increasing our presence in the east so as not to leave room for any misunderstandings or miscalculations in Moscow about our readiness and will to defend every inch of NATO territory. As long as this is clear, NATO countries will not be attacked,” Stoltenberg said.