The Allies will try to find a response to strengthen the Russian military presence on the border and discuss contingency plans in the event of an invasion.
NATO foreign ministers will meet in Riga on Tuesday, November 30, to discuss how to respond to the strengthening of the Russian military presence on the border with Ukraine. The long-planned two-day meeting is in limbo in the eastern part of NATO, especially as the allies need to resolve the migration crisis planned by the Kremlin’s ally Belarus.
The West, including the United States, fears that Russia may invade Ukraine and accuse the Kremlin of mobilizing forces along its borders. “Russian motives are not clear, but for the second time this year there is an extraordinary concentration of forces.”NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the AFP during a visit to coalition forces in Latvia. “We see heavy armor, drones, electronic war systems and tens of thousands of soldiers ready for battle.”, He clarified.
Moscow, which has supported separatists fighting the occupation of Ukrainian Crimea in 2014 and Kiev, has categorically denied that it planned an attack and accuses NATO of inciting tensions. NATO ambassadors are uncertain about the intentions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but ministers will discuss contingency plans in the event of a possible invasion. The US-led coalition wants to walk an elegant path: it wants to show that the Kremlin will face higher costs if it uses force against Ukraine, rather than provoking it.
It’s about finding the right signals and the right posture for prevention, which actually leads to expansion rather than increase. “
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Officials expect talks of further support for the Ukrainian military and the possibility of strengthening NATO forces stationed in its eastern part. However, they insist that Ukraine wants NATO and has its foreign minister in Riga not protected by the coalition’s joint security agreement. “We do not want people to have any doubts about the serious and strategic consequences for Russia if we continue on the path we fear may go to Russia.”, Said a senior U.S. official. “It’s about finding the right signals and the right preventive posture, which actually leads to expansion rather than increase.”, He added.
U.S. President Joe Biden said Friday that he intends to hold talks with Russian or Ukrainian leaders to stem rising tensions. Growing anger around Ukraine comes as NATO members Poland, Lithuania and Latvia face another threat from the east. Belarus, an ally of Moscow, has accused the three countries of plotting a migration crisis and threatening the EU. “Hybrid”, In response to European sanctions denying Minsk. NATO revealed “Unity” With its members in the East, but sidelined, considering the magnitude of the threat posed by the migration crisis below possible active occupation.
Polish President Andrzej Duda talked about the increase in the number of NATO forces stationed in its eastern part during a meeting with Stoltenberg last week. But the decision to initiate emergency consultations under Section 4 of the Alliance seems to have been put on hold at present. Speaking during a joint tour of the Baltic states on Sunday, Jens Stoltenberg and EU President Ursula von der Leyen pledged to increase cooperation in the face of such challenges.
NATO’s eastern borders and tensions in the EU have eased since some migrants began returning to Iraq, but Warsaw and Vilnius insist the crisis is not over. “There is no doubt that the Lukashenko regime and the forces that support it will continue to test the unity of the Western world and its reactionary forces.”Lithuanian President Kidanas Nousada said.
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