NATO didn’t have fight troops inside Ukraine and it “had no intention of deploying NATO troops to Ukraine,” Stoltenberg informed the press after a rare assembly of the North Atlantic Council.
NATO’s response got here as Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday approved “a particular navy operation” within the Donbass area, and Ukraine confirmed that navy targets throughout the nation had been underneath assault.
“We name on Russia to instantly stop its navy motion, withdraw its forces from Ukraine, and select diplomacy,” stated Stoltenberg.
Putin stated in a televised speech to the nation earlier Thursday that Russia’s plans “don’t embrace the occupation of Ukrainian territories.”
“We aren’t going to impose something on anybody by pressure,” Putin stated, noting that Russia’s transfer is in response to “elementary threats” of NATO which has expanded to jap Europe and introduced its navy infrastructure nearer to Russian borders.
Earlier, NATO’s ambassadors stated in an announcement that they had determined “according to our defensive planning to guard all allies, to take extra steps to additional strengthen deterrence and protection throughout the Alliance.”
“We’re deploying extra defensive land and air forces to the jap a part of the alliance, in addition to extra maritime belongings,” they added. “Now we have elevated the readiness of our forces to reply to all contingencies.”