North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) foreign ministers met on Tuesday, November 30 in Riga. During the meeting, foreign ministers discussed three issues, including the military strengthening of Russia around Ukraine. They also discussed measures taken by the Belarusian government and NATO’s role in arms control.
In the statement, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg asserted that they are united in preventing Russia from any further aggressive action. He urged the Russian authorities to be “transparent, to defuse and reduce tensions”. He warned Russia that any aggressive activity against Ukraine would take a heavy toll on them. In addition, Stoltenberg said that Russia may also face a political and economic crisis.
“We call on Russia to stop the escalation at the Ukrainian borders and to be transparent about its military activities,” said Jens Stoltenberg according to ANI.
Addressing a press conference, Stoltenberg stressed the importance of dialogue, however, he added that Russia has reduced diplomatic relations with NATO. Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia to reverse its decision to sever diplomatic relations with NATO and to reconnect with it for peace and security.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underlined that they also discussed the Belarusian government’s use of vulnerable people by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, which put pressure on Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.
“We also believe that dialogue is vital. Unfortunately, Russia has decided to sever diplomatic relations with NATO. We call on Russia to reverse this decision,” Jens Stoltenberg said in the statement.
Additionally, Jens Stoltenberg said they stand together to protect all of his allies. During the meeting, the foreign ministers also discussed arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. He added that they had reduced the number of nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War and promoted arms control agreements.
Speaking at a press briefing, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned allies to prepare for the worst as concerns grow over Russia’s attempt to attack Ukraine . Stoltenberg expressed concern about the strengthening of the Russian military on Ukraine’s northern border and stressed that the history of the Russian invasion could repeat itself. In addition, he said they would resolve to protect all allies by making plans, increasing readiness and reforming the command structure.