NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg charged Russia on Wednesday for its military concentration on the border with Ukraine, feeding the fear of possible aggression, and has indicated that “he has no right to establish a sphere of influence.” In a press conference from Latvia, where he has gathered the allied foreign ministers, Stoltenberg has assured that the Atlantic Alliance is united in its support for Kiev and has charged against the very idea that Russia tries to control neighboring countries.
The situation on the border with Ukraine has monopolized the ministerial meeting, after the Baltic countries and Poland have demanded a greater NATO presence on the eastern flank in the face of the threat posed by Russia in the crises with Ukraine and Belarus. For now, the Alliance has promised to monitor the situation and has warned Russia that any action will have a “high price.”
Stoltenberg has rejected the idea that NATO to defend the sovereignty of Ukraine incur in a “provocation” to Russia. “Ukraine is an independent country and sovereign with recognized borders and they must be respected, including Crimea and Donbas, “said Stoltenberg, without considering whether Ukraine will soon be able to join the Atlantic Alliance, something that the Kiev authorities have demanded at the ministerial meeting.
Faced with a possible Russian aggression against Ukrainian sovereignty, the Norwegian politician has defended that the allies have different options to respond and has listed both economic and financial penalties as political restrictions.
Stoltenberg has avoided raising the tone and has avoided talking about a military response, although he has recalled that after the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, the military organization increased its presence on the eastern flank. It then deployed combat groups for the first time, as well as air and naval patrol missions in the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea.
In the case of the border between Russia and Ukraine, NATO has warned of an “unusual” Russian military deployment which includes armed units, drones and tens of thousands of troops, allowing you to act quickly against your neighbor.