NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that President Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine is shocking but it is not a surprise to the Alliance. At the launch of the NATO annual report, Mr Stoltenberg pointed out that in the last month “the security environment has dramatically worsened”.
NATO Secretary General indicated that recently the Alliance shared intelligence repeatedly warned that Russia was poised for a full-fledged invasion of Ukraine.
“We prepared for the worst but worked hard for the best. We made every effort to engage Russia in dialogue, but Moscow consistently turned us down and ultimately decided to cut diplomatic ties,” Mr Stoltenberg said.
He added that NATO has decided to heighten the level of readiness of its forces and deploy more troops to the eastern regions of the Alliance. Additionally, the support for Ukraine has been stepped up recently.
"President Putin's brutal invasion of Ukraine is shocking but it is not a surprise."
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is speaking at the launch of his annual report for the year.https://t.co/AgybMJYvMu
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The NATO Annual Reports analyse how the Alliance’s common-funded resources support approved its objectives and priorities. The report, presented by Secretary General also assesses the performance of military common funding and reviews the financial situation of the NATO Security Investment Programme and the Civil and Military Budgets.
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