(MENAFN- UkrinForm) NATO foreign ministers discussed Russia's ongoing military buildup around Ukraine's borders and in the temporarily occupied territories. They were united in the fact that any further aggression against Ukraine would have a high price for Russia, binging serious political and economic consequences.
This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a press conference following the first day of the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Riga on November 30, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
'The situation in and around Ukraine remains fluid and unpredictable. There is no certainty about Russia's intentions. We see a significant and unusual concentration of forces, which is unjustified and unexplained. And accompanied by heightened rhetoric and disinformation,” Stoltenberg said. Read also: NATO
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“Ministers discussed the situation. We are the only ones who intend to deter Russia from any further aggressive actions. We call on Russia to be transparent, de-escalate and reduce tensions. Any further Russian aggression against Ukraine in the future will have a great price and will have serious political and economic consequences for Russia,” the NATO chief stressed.
He noted that the Allies take into account the fact that Russia has already used military force against Ukraine and other neighbors.
'Ministers were clear that there must be no misunderstanding or miscalculation on NATO's resolve. We stand together to defend and protect all Allies. We will continue to actively assess the situation and ensure we have all necessary plans in place,' Stoltenberg said. Read also: Stoltenberg
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He recalled that the Allies continue to provide political and practical support to Ukraine, which is seen as a respected partner, and commended Ukraine's measured response to Russia's“continued provocations.”
On December 1, NATO foreign ministers will meet with the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Georgia to discuss the latest developments.
Foreign ministers of NATO member states are meeting in Riga on November 30 and December 1 to discuss the current security situation and preparations for the next NATO summit in Madrid.
Jens Stoltenberg said that the Black Sea region was of great strategic importance to NATO, so, given Russia's aggressive moves and rhetoric in the region, the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance has every reason to remain vigilant and increase its military presence there.
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