A direct confrontation between Russia and the West in Europe could happen, says General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg
The conflict in Ukraine could escalate into a full-fledged war between Russia and NATO, said the military alliance’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg. He also claimed that NATO was committed to avoiding a new global conflict.
“I fear that the war in Ukraine will spiral out of control and become a major war between NATO and Russia,” Stoltenberg told Norwegian broadcaster NRK on Friday, adding that “If things go wrong, they can go horribly wrong.”
“NATO’s most important task is to prevent full-scale war in Europe, and that’s something we work on every day.”
The leader of the US-led bloc, however, warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that NATO would defend its members. According to Article 5 of its founding treaty, an armed attack against a Member State “will be considered an attack on all of them.” Stoltenberg said that Putin “knows it’s one for all and all for one.”
After Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine in late February, NATO deployed 40,000 troops to its eastern flank, nearly ten times more than a year earlier. Moscow, meanwhile, sees NATO military sites near its border as a threat to national security and has warned that sending heavy weapons from the West to Kiev risks a direct confrontation between Russia and Russia. NATO.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said this month that the United States and NATO are already “directly involved” in the conflict by supplying arms to Ukraine and training its soldiers.
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