German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the importance of NATO's dual strategy towards Russia amid the new security situation in Europe. She stated this during her weekly video message, writes DW.
According to the German Chancellor, the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in the east of Ukraine caused concern among the Baltic countries and Poland, and the situation in Moldova raises questions in Romania and Bulgaria.
Merkel notes that it was important for these countries that NATO react to what is happening and, for example, send troops to the Baltic countries. "Germany has always, on the one hand, demonstrating its readiness to defend the entire territory of the alliance, and on the other hand it does not break the negotiating contact with Russia," Merkel said.
She stressed that all measures are being taken in such a way that they do not violate the NATO-Russia Founding Act and ensure the further work of the NATO-Russia Council.
In her video message, the Chancellor of Germany opposed the fragmentation of NATO's responsibility zone, so that the United States and Canada would be responsible for security in America, and only European partners would be responsible for Europe. She stressed that the alliance should act as a single organization in all its aspects and missions.
"We must be able to act together, we must be able to conduct joint maneuvers," the Federal Chancellor explained.
Simultaneously, Angela Merkel denied the view that since 2014, NATO has again focused more on protecting the territory of the member countries of the alliance and, in this regard, recalled, for example, the NATO mission in Afghanistan.