14:35 Jul. 1, 2016
Russian aggression in Ukraine leads to NATO's largest reinforcement since Cold war
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg claims that strengthening of NATO military presence on the Alliance's eastern borders is exclusively a defence measure in response to Russia's actions.
"At the summit in Warsaw we will take new decisions to strengthen our defence and deterrence. All our measures are proportionate, defensive and in line with our international obligations. This is in stark contrast to Russia's continuing violation of international law," Stoltenberg said.
The Secretary General explained in the interview with Interfax that NATO announced the reinforcement of the Alliance's eastern flank beforehand, while Russia continue conducting military maneuvers without warnings.
"We will continue to protect and defend all allies against any threats coming from any direction," he added.
Stoltenberg also highlighted that after Russia's annexation of Crimea, the issue concerning sending troops to Baltics and Poland is high on the NATO agenda.