The Alliance currently sees no direct threat of a military conflict in member countries, which could be provoked by Russia’s Armed Forces. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, said this in his interview with Gazeta Wyborcza, TASS reports.
Answering the question if there is danger that another incident between Russian troops and NATO would evoke the armed conflict, Stoltenberg said one ‘can’t rule out such incidents’. The official reminded the press about the last year’s incident, when a Turkish fighter downed Russian bomber Sukhoi Su-24. ‘When it comes to such cases, one has to clear the situation, so that it doesn’t get out of control’, he said.
‘The Alliance is strong, united, and it changes according to the changes taking place around the world, and it is capable of protecting every one of its members. But now, when we face an increased activity of armed forces at our borders, it’s important to have an opportunity to communicate with Russia’, Stoltenberg said. ‘We don’t want another cold war or a new arms race. The dialogue is in our best interests’, he concluded.