NATO is sending reinforcements to Eastern European member states and preparing troops. The extra warplanes and warships should deter Russia, says NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.
According to the United States, Russia has gathered many soldiers along the Ukrainian border and is preparing for an attack. Ukraine is not a NATO member, but the military alliance says it will not accept an attack on the country.
In that case, western countries will declare heavy sanctions against Russia. In addition, neighbouring NATO countries such as Poland and the Baltic countries also feel threatened by Russia.
Stoltenberg “welcomes the additional troops contributed by the allies”. NATO will “continue to take all measures necessary to protect and defend all allies, including by strengthening the eastern part of the alliance”.
The NATO chief points out that NATO first deployed troops in Poland and the Baltic states after Russia annexes Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. They were supposed to “make it clear that an attack on one ally is considered an attack on the entire alliance”.