Although Ukraine is not a member of NATO, the alliance is ready to defend the Allies.
Russia will face the consequences if it uses its army against Ukraine. This was announced by the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, on Friday, and he also expressed concern about the increasing number of Russian military equipment on the border with Ukraine. The report was provided by AFP.
“It is clear that if Russia uses force against Ukraine, it will have consequences,” Stoltenberg said at a news conference.
Stoltenberg added that although Ukraine is not a member of NATO and is not subject to a collective defense agreement, the alliance will “send a clear message to Russia that NATO is here to defend and protect all allies.”
The top NATO official further said that the build-up of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine will be the topic of next week’s meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Riga, Latvia.
“This is the second time this year that Russia has amassed an unusually large concentration of forces,” Stoltenberg said, noting that Moscow had sent tanks, artillery and troops to the border area, and that such actions by Moscow “increased tension.”
The French news agency Agence France-Presse that Moscow rejected the alleged reports of planning an invasion, describing it as “Western hysteria”.
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