According to the head of the Alliance, NATO will not allow the “scenario” to be repeated on the territory of other member states of the Alliance.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO will not allow a repeat of the “Crimean scenario” in the territories of the Allies. He said this in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais on Wednesday, November 20.
We have deployed combat units on our borders to clearly demonstrate, without any doubt or the risk of misunderstanding, that we will never allow Crimea to be repeated in any NATO country. It’s a clear signal. If any NATO member is attacked, the whole alliance will respond,” he said.
According to Stoltenberg, NATO needs cooperation at both the European and transatlantic levels.
“We cannot choose between transatlantic unity and European unity, we need both. Any attempt to distance Europe from North America will not only weaken NATO but will also divide Europe,” the NATO Secretary-General said.
The EU is a powerful tool for peace, stability, and prosperity. But the EU cannot replace NATO,” he believes.
“I would like to draw the attention of those who express skepticism about the future of NATO, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, that NATO is flexible and viable, the alliance is important for our security. The EU is important, but it cannot protect Europe,” Stoltenberg said.
“NATO has continued to live and maintain peace for 70 years, and we will continue in this spirit for many decades to come,” he concluded.
Earlier it was reported that French President Emmanuel Macron declared the “brain death” of NATO. He criticized the lack of coordination on strategic decisions between the U.S. and its alliance allies.
Other politicians, notably Merkel and Stoltenberg, disagreed, criticizing Macron’s statement.