A NATO secretary general said during the EU and NATO summit in Brussels that NATO has decided that it will deploy new battlegroups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia to strengthen protection in the alliance’s eastern region.
Jens Stoltenberg said in a briefing that NATO would strengthen its existing forces in Poland and the Baltic states in addition to the deployment of the four new battlegroups, bringing the number of international battlegroups to eight across the Alliance’s eastern region from the Baltic to the Black Sea.
He said strengthening the eastern part of the alliance was needed because of the changing security environment.
Hellómagyar reported that the deployment of both ground, air and naval battlegroups is an immediate response to the actions of Russia in Ukraine. This proves that NATO guarantees the protection and security of all of its member states, the secretary general highlighted.
Jens Stoltenberg also said that NATO leaders who take part in the summit would reaffirmed the support of the alliance towards Kyiv and emphasized Ukraine’s right for defending itself under the Charter of the United Nations.
“We are determined to do everything we can to support Ukraine, but it is also our responsibility to ensure that the war does not spread beyond the Ukrainian border and does not become a conflict between NATO and Russia. This would cause more deaths and more devastation,”
the secretary general said, adding that NATO is providing support to Ukraine but is not part of the conflict.
The secretary general also mentioned that there will be talks of China’s recent stance supporting Russia at the summit. There are also concerns that China may provide financial aid for the invasion.
“I expect leaders to call on China to honor its commitments as a member of the UN Security Council and to refrain from supporting Russian war efforts,” Jens Stoltenberg said. Responding to a question, the Secretary-General stated that Russia’s war in Ukraine should not escalate into a nuclear conflict between Moscow and the West.
He also highlighted that Russia must understand that there are no victors in a nuclear war.
Finally, the Secretary-General expressed his hope that the member states would reaffirm their commitment to increasing defense spending because, as he said, “as the war in Ukraine has shown,” we cannot take peace for granted “.
Source: hellómagyar.hu, MTI