NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenbergthis Wednesday asked the Kremlin to end “nuclear rhetoric“He’s shown this since the war against Ukraine began. In his view, it’s a scare tactic”Dangerous and irresponsible“, if implemented, “would change the nature of the conflict. “Stoltenberg So responding to Vladimir Putin’s spokesmanwhich has said it does not rule out the use of nuclear weapons If Russia’s presence is ‘threatened’.
“Any use of nuclear weapons will fundamentally change the nature of the conflict. Russia must understand that A nuclear war should never be sparked, they can never win a nuclear warStoltenberg assured at a news conference that, according to the secretary-general, the Atlantic Alliance is prepared for any situation in any event.
At a special summit in Brussels on Thursday – attended by U.S. President Joe Biden – NATO leaders will approve increased military support for Ukraine, including cybersecurity aid and equipment to help Kyiv “protect against chemical, biological, Radioactive and nuclear threats,” Stoltenberg announced.Coalition worried about Putin Prepare for chemical weapons attack on Ukraine.
The Ukrainian president will participate in the meeting in Brussels via videoconference, Vladimir ZelenskyHowever, Stoltenberg made it clear that NATO would once again reject his main request for a no-fly zone over Ukraine to prevent Russian bombing. The coalition will also not send troops to Ukraine for peacekeeping missions.as Poland claims.
“We are determined to do everything possible to support Ukraine. But we have a responsibility Make sure the war doesn’t spread beyond Ukraine And it won’t turn into a full-blown conflict between NATO and Russia. This will lead to more deaths and more destruction,” the secretary-general argued.
Of course, at this Thursday’s summit, coalition leaders will agree to reform the defenses of their eastern flank partners. specific, NATO to deploy four new battalions in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Adds some power to what already exists in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. Stoltenberg stressed that there are a total of 40,000 troops under the direct command of the Union on the eastern flank, of which 100,000 American soldiers stationed in Europe must be added.
Finally, on the agenda of NATO leaders is China’s role in the Ukraine war. “We face a fundamentally changed security environment in which Authoritarian states are increasingly willing to use force get rid of it. So I hope we can also address China’s role in this crisis. “
“Beijing joins Moscow in questioning the right of independent nations to choose their own path. China has provided Russia with political support, including by spreading blatant lies and disinformation. Allies fear that China could provide material support for the Russian invasion.Stoltenberg pointed out.
For all these reasons, NATO leaders will demand that Beijing “fulfill its responsibilities as a member of the UN Security Council, Does not support Russia’s war effort And joined the rest of the world in calling for an immediate end to the conflict. “
Stoltenberg also wants allied heads of state and government to reaffirm their commitment to Rapidly increasing defense spending to deal with new threats.
“Strengthening our security requires a lot of defense investment. So I hope the allies agree to double down and increase investment. There is a new sense of urgency because We cannot take peace for granted“,ended.