Moscow now has a written rejection of NATO
NATO and the United States officially reject the “security guarantees” demanded by Russia. Allies cannot and do not want to withdraw from Eastern member states. Vladimir Putin does not like it. NATO leader Jens Stoltenberg is already talking indirectly about the alliance.
D.His press conference began half an hour after NATO leader Jens Stoltenberg’s brief announcement. The mood was lazy, and Stoltenberg seemed very nervous. He announces what the 30 NATO nations decided that morning: the federation responded in writing to Moscow’s demands for “security guarantees” on Wednesday and made no major concessions.
At the same time, at the request of the Kremlin, Washington handed over to the Americans a response to Moscow’s specific demands. Neither the United States nor NATO released the exact content of the letters. However, Stoltenberg’s reports allow for adequate results.
Now Moscow is in writing: NATO is firm and is not ready to fundamentally reject the inclusion of countries like Georgia and Ukraine in the alliance. Also: The Coalition does not want to withdraw from the Eastern Alliance States. In NATO’s view, this would affect the entire embargo against Moscow on the eastern border of the alliance – and the security of many member states. On the other hand, the Coalition is ready to talk about issues such as disarmament control, greater transparency in military operations and the creation of better communication channels.
The risk of war has increased significantly
Now NATO is waiting impatiently for Moscow’s response. “We studied. To study. Our project partners studied our project for almost a month and a half,” said Alexander Khrushko, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister. Tensions were high in the Coalition corridors on Wednesday evening, with several offices still burning. Because it is entirely clear whether Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rejection of his key demands will be used as an excuse to attack parts of Ukraine or further talks will be held at the diplomatic level. One thing is clear: the risk of a war among Europeans has increased significantly since Wednesday evening.
Stoltenberg did not want to say so clearly. He avoided making a clear statement. But he was cautious enough: “On the contrary, there is no expansion.” Shortly before that, at about 7.50pm on Wednesday evening, he further commented: “Tensions are rising. Russia’s military development continues. We now see thousands of soldiers in Belarus, the Air Force and the S-400 medium-range missiles. This development is very urgent to be in touch with. “A political solution is still possible,” said the former head of the Norwegian government.
Stoltenberg again presented Moscow with a series of “meetings” within the framework of the NATO-Russia Council. “We want to hear Russia’s concerns, which could benefit both sides,” he said. “Will Putin still be involved?” We want to take the path of negotiation and seek political compromise. But we are ready for the worst.
Stoltenberg speaks indirectly about the Coalition case
Then came an important moment in that press conference. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. However, the NATO chief said: “We plan to be able to deploy the NATO Response Force (NRF) in the shortest possible time.”
The interesting thing about these statements is that the NRF only intervenes when a NATO country is attacked. Not so in Ukraine. Does NATO anticipate possible attacks or instability in the Baltic countries or in Poland? This would make the whole situation worse because NATO would be obliged to provide military assistance to the countries concerned under Section 5.
“We are ready to take all necessary measures to protect our allies,” Stoltenberg said. There are currently about 4,000 NATO soldiers in the three Baltic states and Poland as part of the Improved Forward Balance (EFP) program. In Lithuania, Germany leads a permanently rotating war force. They are backed by tanks, anti-aircraft and reconnaissance units. NATO soldiers barricade Putin. He wants them to go.
Stoltenberg spent an unusually long time in military detail that evening. He praised Washington for keeping 8,400 troops on high alert. Paris also offered to send troops to Romania. Denmark wants to send a warship to the Baltic Sea and four F-16 bombers to Lithuania. Spain supplies ships to NATO navy and is considering sending fighter jets to Bulgaria. The coalition has been increasing its presence in the Black Sea and has been conducting reconnaissance missions in the region for several weeks to better assess the movements of Russian troops. All of this is aimed at preventing Moscow from invading Ukraine or NATO.
NATO military planners domestically estimate that Russia needs about 200,000 men to invade Ukraine. Such growth is said to take another couple of weeks. However, according to NATO analysts, Russia is already able to capture strategically important coastal areas from Mariupol to Crimea, which are private parts of Ukraine, at lightning speed. The Ukrainian army will be eliminated in a very short time by Russian special forces. Such an attack would be tantamount to Putin vaguely saying in a press conference in December that it was Putin’s “military-technical” response.
At the end of his memorable press conference, Stoltenberg once again explained why NATO is committed to important issues: “We will not compromise when it comes to our fundamental principles.” This means that each country can determine which security alliance. Wants to own it. This is a clear confirmation of the Alliance’s open door policy. “It deserves the right of self-determination of an independent country,” Stoltenberg said. The hour-long drama is that Putin can see the reason for the war in the statements of the NATO leader.
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