NATO Secretary General outlines NATO’s response to renewed tensions in Europe


Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today reiterated that NATO is the most successful Alliance in history, because Allies have remained united and because NATO has been able to adapt. That is exactly what NATO is doing today in the face of renewed tensions in Europe resulting from Russia’s significant and unprovoked military build-up in and around Ukraine.

Online conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Atlantic Council's #ACFrontPage event series

“There is no certainty about the Russian plans” for Ukraine, the Secretary General stated. NATO is “working hard for the best,” a diplomatic solution to the current crisis. At the same time, “we are prepared for the worst” if Russia again choses to use force against its neighbour Ukraine.

In a more unpredictable, more dangerous world it is even more important that NATO Allies stand together and build strong institutions like NATO, Mr Stoltenberg said. “NATO is the foundation for peace and stability” in this part of the world, and NATO will continue to work hard to engage in dialogue with Russia and find a political solution to the current tensions.

The Secretary General made his remarks at an online discussion hosted by the Atlantic Council.

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