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Crimea annexation is result of competition of two superpowers, - Stoltenberg

According to him, it creates pressure on the order set by the rules, for example the INF Treaty termination
23:26, 5 August 2019

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks with Ian Lesser, German Marshall Fund vice president, before discussing the future of the transatlantic alliance during an event hosted in Brussels, March 18, 2019.
US Dept of Defense

Crimea annexation by the Russian Federation is the result of the competitiveness between two states. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said so as the press service of the organization informs.

According to him, NATO and its allies face a number of challenges, one of which is the increasing competitiveness level between countries.

“And we see the results of this challenge in Crimea, illegal annexation of Crimea, to South Korea, from Syria to South China Sea,” Stoltenberg said.

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The NATO Secretary noted again that the annexation is the first case after the ending of the Second World War when one country occupied the part of the other country.

He emphasized that Russia builds its military capacity and becomes more aggressive. According to him, "only a few days ago we could observe how the increased competition between two countries undermines the order set by the rules and the respect to the international agreements and obligations – when the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was broken down".

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