Jens Stoltenberg says it may be relevant to send reinforcements to “the southeastern part of the alliance”
The proposal will be sent to the Kremlin later this week to “try to find a way forward.” This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg CNN Tuesday.
NATO outlines a willingness to discuss a number of relevant topics for European security.
“We will also listen to Russia’s concerns,” he said.
NATO member countries have put forces on standby. They have also sent ships and fighter jets to Eastern Europe. This is due to growing fears of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Stoltenberg says that there is still a “diplomatic way out” of the crisis. It demands that Russia reduce its activity. They must show a willingness to have trusting talks with NATO.
He says it may be relevant to send reinforcements to “the southeastern part of the alliance”. They will be similar to those already deployed in the Baltics and Poland.
According to Stoltenberg, strong deterrence is the best method to prevent an attack and a conflict.
NATO will not send combat forces to Ukraine
The Kremlin denies that it is planning an attack on Ukraine. They claim that NATO’s support for Ukraine poses a growing threat to Russia’s western flank.
“NATO will not send combat forces to Ukraine,” said Stoltenberg. At the same time, he emphasized NATO’s commitment to defending allies, especially in the eastern part of the alliance. Therefore, NATO has increased its presence in the Black Sea and the Baltics.
Talks between the West and Russia earlier this month did not lead to any breakthrough. The United States and NATO allies had hoped they would help the Russians step down and open up to diplomacy.
But the Russians were outraged that the United States and NATO refused to discuss their demands. Among the demands was a ban on Ukraine becoming a NATO member. Russia also demands that NATO withdraw its expansion into Eastern Europe. The claims were rejected.
Ukraine has become the focal point of the new tug-of-war between East and West