NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg Asserts No Immediate Military Threat Amid Escalating Tensions with Russia

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NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg Asserts No Immediate Military Threat Amid Escalating Tensions with Russia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reassures member countries of no immediate military threat following heightened tensions with Russia. Swedish air force joins NATO's Air Policing force.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated on Friday that there is no immediate military threat against any NATO member, despite recent accusations from the Kremlin that the West might be escalating the war in Ukraine. This statement comes after a series of events that have heightened tensions between Russia and NATO members.

The Kremlin accused the West of escalating tensions after U.S. President Joe Biden lifted restrictions, allowing Ukraine to use U.S.-supplied weapons against Russian targets, specifically for the defense of Kharkiv. This move has been viewed by Moscow as a potential provocation.

Stoltenberg, speaking in Sweden, emphasized that NATO does not perceive any imminent military threat. "As long as we avoid misunderstandings or faulty assessments in Moscow or other potential aggressor capitals, there is no military threat against NATO countries," Stoltenberg said during a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.

He also addressed concerns regarding NATO’s Article 5, which commits the alliance to collective defense. Stoltenberg reassured that there is no current belief that this commitment will be tested. "We see no immediate military threat against any NATO country," he reiterated.

In a significant development, Kristersson announced that Sweden's air force would join NATO's Air Policing force, deploying Swedish Gripen fighter jets to patrol the airspace of the Baltic states. This move enhances NATO's defensive capabilities in a region close to Russian borders.

On the same day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Western nations to increase their support to help Ukraine achieve a fair peace. Ukraine continues to battle Russian forces, with recent months seeing Russian gains on the battlefield.

These developments underline the complex and tense geopolitical landscape, where NATO seeks to balance support for Ukraine while avoiding direct conflict with Russia. The alliance's focus remains on maintaining a defensive posture and ensuring clear communication to prevent any escalation.

This reassurance from Stoltenberg aims to calm concerns among NATO members and allies, emphasizing the alliance's strength and unity in the face of potential threats.

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