The NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has just made it clear: NATO is preparing for the Ukrainian crisis’s worst. The statement was issued on Friday, January 7, after the extraordinary meeting held with the Foreign Ministers of NATO member countries.
Allies addressed Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military build-up in and around Ukraine. And the implications for European security. We regret that despite the calls of the international community, over many weeks, Russia has not taken steps to de-escalate. The Russian military build-up continues with tens of thousands of combat troops and heavy capabilities as well as threatening rhetoric and a track record of using force against neighbors.Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General
According to Stoltenberg, the risk of conflict is real and, while hoping for diplomatic means to prevail, NATO has to be ready for any further development.
The risk of conflict is real. Russia’s aggressive actions seriously undermine the security order in Europe. NATO remains committed to our dual-track approach to Russia’s strong deterrence and defense, combined with meaningful dialogue. It is a positive signal that Russia is now prepared to come to the table and talk because when tensions are high, dialogue is even more important.
NATO will engage in dialogue with Russia in good faith, and on substance. But we must also be prepared for the possibility that diplomacy will fail. So today, Ministers stressed that any further aggression against Ukraine would have significant consequences and carry a heavy price for Russia.Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General
On Wednesday, January 12, there will be talks between NATO and Russia in the NATO-Russia Council. According to Stoltenberg, the meeting will focus on the situation in and around Ukraine and the implications for European security. Also, the United States and Russia will hold talks in Geneva on Monday, January 10.
After these meetings, the strategies will be clear for NATO and all the parties involved.