NATO Considers Counter to Russian Aggression
Foreign Ministers from NATO member and partner states met in Brussels. They discussed transatlantic security, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and Russia's attack against Ukrainian naval vessels
Top diplomats arrived for the high-level talks, including Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin. He said there’s a lot of work to be done in order to secure the release of the 24 captured Ukrainian sailors. Klimkin called for unity among allies in the face of Russian aggression.
Lithuanian foreign minister Linas Linkevichius had some strong words ahead of the meeting.
“There’s definitely wake up call should be. there were many wake up calls before but nobody woke up sufficiently. They are testing waters, literally as in the Azov Sea and how far they can go,” Linkevichius said.
After the high-level talks, NATO Secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg assured that the military alliance will continue to monitor the situation and reiterated the importance of NATO’s increased presence in the Black Sea region. He also made it clear why NATO has increased its defence.
“I think the important thing for NATO is that we support the territorial integrity of Ukraine. We will never accept and recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and that Russia continues to destabilize eastern Ukraine. And we have to understand what happened nearly the Sea of Azov in this context. First, Russia annexed Crimea, then they build a bridge, and then they used the annexation of Crimea and illegally built bridge to try to take control over the Sea of Azov. So, therefore, we continue to call on Russia to release the ships, to release the naval personnel, but also allow Ukraine the access to the Sea of Azov,” Stoltenberg said.
It is yet to be seen whether NATO is ready to adopt additional measures beyond the sea patrols and air policing that it already does in the region.