NATO issues STARK warning as it claims Russia pose ‘more assertive THREAT’
Secretary general Jens Stoltenberg was speaking to the US Congress when he issued the caution to American officials. He said: “We must overcome our differences now because we will need our alliance even more in the future. “We face unprecedented challenges – challenges no one nation can face alone.”
Mr Stoltenberg called on Moscow to comply with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which US President Donald Trump plans to withdraw the US from.
He added: “NATO has no intention of deploying land-based nuclear missiles in Europe.
“But NATO will always take the necessary steps to provide credible and effective deterrence.”
He had been invited to speak as NATO commemorates its 70th anniversary in Washington.
His inclusion has been seen by some as a message to Trump to bring support to the group.
The Senate will vote later in the year to decide if North Macedonia should be allowed to become NATO’s 30th member.
The comments come after it was announced that NATO will hold multi-national Sea Shield 2019 naval drills in the Black Sea later this month.
Tensions between the group and Russia has continued to escalate and there have bee threats that it could end up in war.
Sea Shield 2019 – the largest multinational naval exercise of its kind – is being organised by the Romanian Naval Forces – and will take place from April 5 until April 13 in the territorial waters of Romania and international waters of the Black Sea.
It will involve 14 Romanian military ships and six military vessels from Bulgaria, Canada, Greece, Turkey and the Netherlands, with participation from 2,200 troops.
They will exercise joint combat procedures against underwater, surface and defence air defence threats – adapted to the types of threats emerging in the Black Sea.
The EU has imposed travel bans and asset freezes on Russian officials in relation to an incident in the Azov Sea last November, when the Russian navy captured 24 Ukrainian sailors and their vessels.
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