This Thursday (10 February 2022), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg received the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, at NATO Headquarters. Together, they tackled the issue of strengthening the Russian military presence in and around Ukraine.
” Europe is living in dangerous times right now. “said the Secretary General. ” Russia is amassing more and more troops. The warning time before a possible attack is shortened “. He explained that although NATO was prepared for the worst, it remained determined to find a political solution. He also reiterated his invitation to Russia to continue the dialogue through a series of meetings within the NATO-Russia Council. At the same time, the Secretary General stressed that NATO would not compromise on the fundamental principles of the right of all countries to make their own choices, and NATO’s ability to protect and defend all Allies.
The Secretary General praised the leading role that the United Kingdom is playing, both diplomatically and militarily. He welcomed the UK’s offer to make more troops, ships and aircraft available to NATO, a clear demonstration of Allied solidarity in action. He also welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent contact with President Vladimir Putin, and the visit of Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to Moscow.
The Secretary General announced that at next week’s meeting of NATO Defense Ministers, Allies would assess options for further strengthening the Alliance’s security, including the possibility of positioning additional battle groups in the south-east of Alliance territory. ” A return of Russia to its aggressive posture will lead NATO to reinforce its presence, not to reduce it “, he added.