NATO offers help to Ukraine in the face of “chemical and nuclear threats” from Russia

The Heads of State and Government of the Atlantic Alliance They plan to agree this Thursday on the deployment of four new multinational battalions in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republicwhich will be added to the four already deployed in the three Baltic republics and Poland. A decision that the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, has framed the allied reinforcement on the eastern flank in response to the threat from Russia after the invasion of Ukraine. During an appearance prior to the extraordinary summit of leaders that takes place this Thursday, the Norwegian politician has also confirmed that they are supplying more material to kyiv in the face of a possible attack with chemical and biological weapons and has urged Moscow to stop bullying with its nuclear rhetoric.

“It is dangerous and irresponsible & rdquor ;, he has warned. “Any use of nuclear weapons would change the nature of the conflict and Russia must understand that a nuclear war can never happen. They will never be able to win a nuclear war & rdquor ;, she has warned, confirming that the Alliance has plans to protect allies from any threat. “There should be no doubt about our preparation to react to any attack & rdquor ;, he said on the eve of an extraordinary meeting, which the US president will attend, Joe Biden, and that will confirm “additional support & rdquor; to kyiv, including cybersecurity assistance, as well as “equipment to help Ukraine protect itself against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.”

Although he did not want to give details about the specific type of support, Stoltenberg has admitted that the Atlantic Alliance is concerned about the possibility that the Vladimir Putin use chemical and biological weapons with Ukraine, something it has already done in the past against opponents or in support of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and that could also have consequences in the allied countries. “Any use of chemical weapons can have direct consequences for NATO countries, because the contamination or spread of agents can have direct consequences for the population of the allies,” he explained.

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The head of NATO has also urged Putin to stop the war, Belarus to stop being an accomplice in the invasion and China not provide military support to Moscow. “Beijing has joined Moscow in questioning the right of independent nations to choose their own path. It has provided Russia with political support, including by spreading blatant lies and disinformation. And the allies are concerned that China may provide material support to the Russian invasion & rdquor ;, the secretary general has admitted that he hopes that the leaders ask the Chinese government to fulfill its responsibilities as a member of the UN Security Council, to refrain from support Russia’s war effort and join the rest of the world in calling for an immediate and peaceful end to this war.” During the meeting they will also connect by videoconference with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

Beyond approving the short-term deployment of another four battalions – there are 100,000 US troops already deployed in Europe and 40,000 under NATO command – the Alliance leaders will continue their debate on the long-term security reinforcement that will culminate on the summit of leaders to be held in Madrid In the month of June. “We are facing a new reality for our security so we must readjust our long-term deterrence and defense & rdquor ;, she explained. An adjustment that will require “large investments & rdquor; in defense so he hopes that the allies “agree to redouble their efforts to invest more. There is a new sense of urgency because we cannot take peace for granted & rdquor ;, warned him.

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