Commander of the U.S. European Command Tod D. Wolters and Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command Stephen R. Lyons testified at U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee toward the tension at the Russian-Ukrainian border. The allocation of financing for defense for the 2022 Defense Program was considered as the U.S. Department of Defense reported.
"NATO remains the strategic center of gravity and the foundation of deterrence and assurance in Europe. Everything we do is about generating peace. We compete to win. We deter, and, if deterrence fails, we're prepared to respond to aggression with the full weight of the transatlantic alliance,” Wolters said.
According to him, the current position of NATO in the security sphere in Europe is strong; however, it is challenged by the actions of Russia near Ukraine. The general added that allies and partners of America in Europe are the key strategic advantage.
Wolters noted that NATO has a robust exercise program. This summer, NATO will conduct Defender-series exercises with the participation of about 30,000 U.S. service members, allies and partners. According to the general, these exercises will demonstrate NATO's ability to move massive forces over large swaths of Europe.
Earlier, HATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that Russia should immediately stop the build-up of forces at the border with Ukraine and occupied territories.
Besides, G7 foreign ministers and the High Representative of the European Union called on Russia to stop provocations on border with Ukraine and stated that large-scale troop movements, without prior notification, represent threatening and destabilising activities.