Stoltenberg stated that Russia uses military force to change borders and destabilize Ukraine. In response, NATO protects its allies, improves combat readiness of its forces and increases military presence on the eastern border.
"Trying to think of the intentions of Russian leaders seems to be difficult and dangerous. I think that our actions should take into account Russia’s behavior. They use military force to intimidate their neighbors, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. Their military spending and budget are very high for many years,”- said Stoltenberg.
“All that we do, everything we work for, is defense, - claimed Secretary General of NATO. We just defend out allies. Russia demonstrates its aggression. Annexation of the Crimea is a vivid example of it. Russia continues to supply the separatists in eastern Ukraine with modern weapons, anti-aircraft missiles, and sends troops to Ukraine – isn’t it an act of aggression? We protect our allies, while Russia uses force to change the line of border and destabilize Ukraine ".
“Nuclear weapons became a frequent subject of Russian official discourse. Therefore, our response to Russia is a defensive mechanism. And it follows the international agreements. Our readiness force is high. We are stepping up our presence around the eastern borders of the Alliance. We organize small headquarters in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, and Baltic States. We stepped up air patrols to reassure eastern European member states in response to the behavior of Russia,” - claimed Stoltenberg.
Few days before, on July 2, command post of the North Atlantic Alliance was established in Bucharest. NATO has increased its military expenditure and plans to increase the NATO Response Force to 40 thousand soldiers.