NATO eastward expansion is response to Russian actions in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Alliance takes proportional defensive measures on eastern borders in full compliance with its international obligations, including the Founding Act, NATO-Russia, - Jens Stoltenberg
21:28, 13 June 2016

"We regularly review our needs and the defense state, but it is clear that what we have done is, without a doubt, a response to Russia's actions in Crimea, in Ukraine. Because no one considered this kind of military presence before the illegal annexation of Crimea and Russia's policy to destabilize the eastern Ukraine, which we will now have on the eastern flank of the alliance in the Baltic States and Poland “, Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Brussels on the eve of the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Defense Ministers on June 14-15 (Interfax-Ukraine).

"This is a response to Russia's actions, but we do not want a confrontation with Russia, we do not want a new Cold War. We will continue to maintain a dialogue and call for a constructive relationship, because we believe that it is important not only today, but in the long perspective it will also be beneficial for Russia and for all of us in the Euro-Atlantic area ", the NATI Secretary General added.

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