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NATO will strengthen the support it gives Georgia and Ukraine to Russia, through more training to naval forces and coastguards and visits of their ships to ports in the Black Sea, the secretary general announced Monday. ally, Jens Stoltenberg.
“I hope that the ministers (allies) this week agree on new measures to improve our knowledge of the situation in the region,” Stoltenberg said at a press conference prior to the meeting of the Alliance’s foreign ministers on April 3 and 4. in Washington, where they will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the organization.
One of the aspects that will be dealt with is threats from Russia, and in this context NATO will “accelerate its support to both Georgia and Ukraine,” in particular in areas such as “the formation of maritime and coastguard forces, visits to ports and exercises and sharing information. “
The Norwegian politician recalled that ships of the NATO naval groups are today in Ukraine and Georgia, and that they will participate in the “Sea Shield” exercise in the Black Sea.
Stoltenberg said the Alliance is “concerned about the pattern of aggressive behavior of Russia,” taking into account its actions against Ukraine and the capture of several of its sailors and ships in the Sea of Azov in November.
NATO has already strengthened its presence in the Black Sea and now “we continue to work closely with our partners in the region,” as through this year’s exercise of cooperation with Georgia, which Stoltenberg witnessed last week, he said.
Also in relation to Russia, the allied ministers will address on Thursday the status of the INF treaty for the elimination of medium and short range missiles, which will cease to be valid on August 2 before the announced departure of the United States for the breach thereof. on the part of Moscow.
“Russia continues to violate the INF treaty by developing and deploying SSC-8 missiles, they are difficult to detect, lower the threshold to use nuclear weapons and make us all less secure,” Stoltenberg said.
Moscow continues to “defy our requests to return to comply with the INF, and time is running out, so we will discuss the next steps,” he said.
NATO is evaluating what measures it will take and, although Stoltenberg has already made it clear that they will not imitate Russia’s actions, he said they must “continue to maintain credible and effective deterrence and defense”.
Stoltenberg also recalled that the allies are investing “more in better capabilities”, such as missile defense, drones or new fighters, and that NATO has agreed to “new substantial investment in military infrastructure.”
In that context, he said: “We will invest more than 260 million dollars in a project to support the US forces in central Poland.”
He explained that it will be used to finance the storage and maintenance of pre-positioned military equipment, which will “accelerate the reinforcement in Europe”.
This project, he said, is part of the 2,300 million dollars dedicated by NATO to finance military mobility initiatives in the last four years.
Source: La Vanguardia