NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that Russia's aggressive actions are the greatest challenge for European security and for NATO. Such a statement he made during a speech in the Italian city of Rimini, reports the Alliance's official website.
"Today, we face the most important security challenges throughout the generation, the first of which is Russia," the report said.
According to the Secretary General, Russia's actions threaten international security.
"After the Cold War, we worked hard to build a strategic partnership with Russia, but Russia's aggressive behavior undermined confidence, stability and security in Europe," Stoltenberg stressed.
In this context, he recalled the annexation of Crimea by Russia. "Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014. For the first time since the Second World War, one European state took the other's territory by force," the NATO Secretary General said.