NATO Secretary General Reaffirms Political and Practical Support for Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Reaffirms Political and Practical Support for Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday (10/2/2022) reaffirmed "political and practical support" for Ukraine amid tensions with Russia.

Stoltenberg and Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky discussed Russia's military build-up in and around Ukraine over a phone call, the NATO chief said in a social media message.

"NATO will continue its political and practical support for our invaluable partners," he said.

He also repeated his call for Russia to reduce tensions and engage in dialogue to find a peaceful solution.

Ummatimes - On Friday, Stoltenberg will travel to Romania for talks with the country's President Klaus Iohannis and visit a military base where NATO troops are deployed.

At a press conference earlier on Thursday, Stoltenberg confirmed that NATO was considering strengthening its position in the eastern part of the alliance by deploying battle groups in Romania and the Black Sea region, similar to those in Poland and the Baltic region.

He also warned that European security was facing a "dangerous moment" as "Russian troop numbers increased."

"The warning time for possible attacks will decrease," he said.

He explained that in addition to the 100,000 troops that were amassed with possible capabilities around Ukraine, Russia had already deployed the largest force in Belarus since the end of the Cold War.

The United States, with its European allies, accuses Russia of setting the stage for an invasion of Ukraine after concentrating more than 100,000 troops and significant artillery and tanks on the border. In addition, at least 30,000 Russian troops are currently participating in joint military exercises in Belarus. Moscow denies preparing for a military strike and says its troops are on the Ukrainian and Belarusian borders for routine exercises.