NATO Secretary General discusses Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine, Belarus’ hybrid campaign against Allies


Speaking at the Reuters Next conference on Wednesday (1 December 2021), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg shared his views on the current security situation following a two-day meeting of Foreign Ministers in Riga.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg  participating in the Reuters NEXT Virtual Global Conference

On Russia’s build-up near Ukraine, the Secretary General stressed that ”we all made it very clear that there will be a high price to pay” for any further Russian aggression against Ukraine. On NATO’s presence in the Black Sea, Mr Stoltenberg emphasized that ”NATO is a defensive Alliance, NATO is operating in international waters and everything we do is in line with our international obligations and we are transparent”. On Belarus’ hybrid campaign against Allies, the Secretary General said that ”NATO and the EU are working very closely on addressing the unacceptable behavior of the Lukashenko regime.”

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