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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Tuesday that the organization is taking significant measures to prepare military forces to counter Russian aggression in the region as Russia invades separatist regions of Ukraine.
“We condemn Moscow’s decision to recognize the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic,” Stoltenberg said. “We also condemn the further Russian incursion into Ukraine. Moscow has now moved from covert attempts to destabilize Ukraine, to overt military action. This is a serious escalation by Russia. And a flagrant violation of international law.”
Stoltenberg said that Russia’s actions have “grave consequences for European security” and that NATO would continue to provide “strong political support” and military equipment to help Ukraine defend itself.
“In the last weeks, Allies have deployed thousands of more troops to eastern part of the Alliance and placed more on standby,” he said. “We have over 100 jets at high alert. And there are more than 120 Allied ships at the sea, from the High North to the Mediterranean.”
Stoltenberg said that NATO would do “whatever is necessary to shield” member countries, which does not include Ukraine, from Russian aggression.
“This is the most dangerous moment in European security for a generation,” he said. “But Europe and North America continue to stand strong together in NATO, united and committed to defend and protect each other.”
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