During his visit to Stockholm, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that the organisation is stepping up its military presence in the Nordics, following rising Russian aggression, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to thelocal.se.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning, he said that NATO was stepping up its presence in the Nordic region as a result of growing Russian military activity in the area and in response to watching the country “use force to change the borders of Ukraine”.
“NATO does not seek confrontation with Russia. We are looking for cooperation and dialogue, but that cooperation must be based on predictability and strength,”- he said.
Stoltenberg’s trip coincides with a regular two-day meeting of the Nordic defence cooperation group, Nordefco, attended by representatives from Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark as well as partners from the Baltic states. Polish and UK officials have also been invited to the talks.
It should be recalled that, in the prospective of the meeting of the NATO members from Central and Eastern Europe, the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis said nine countries of the Central and Eastern Europe will require increasing of NATO presence in the region. He referred to the threats from the South, including Syria. He also considers it necessary to tighten security on the eastern borders of NATO and Europe. Johannis said that such a move was supported by the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Bulgaria.
On November 3-4, nine presidents of EU member countries from Central and Eastern Europe met behind closed doors in Bucharest. The final document stated the need to strengthen ties with the United States and stand united against “Russian aggressiveness”.