Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked his own legislators on Tuesday for permission to deploy troops outside Russia, which could lead to a wider attack on Ukraine.
Senior Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachyov claimed the proposed deployment to the Donbass region is only to “avoid a big war of the kind that the US and Ukraine appear to want.”
Speaking at a news briefing NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance will continue to provide Ukrainian government with “strong political support.”
Stoltenberg added that NATO will continue to do “whatever is necessary” to protect the alliance and warned there is more than 100 fighter jets on high alert.
The NATO Secretary General warned that “this is the most dangerous moment in security in a generation.”
Speaking in Brussels, he insisted that it is still not too late for Russia to decide to “not attack” Ukraine.
Stoltenberg said, “It’s never too late to not attack, and that is the reason we continue to call on Russia to step back, to de-escalate and to engage in good faith in diplomatic efforts to find a solution
“If Russia decides once again to use force against Ukraine, they will be given stronger sanctions, an even higher price to pay.”
Stoltenberg sked if he considers Russia’s movements an invasion of Ukraine, Stoltenberg added, “I think we have to recall that Russia has already invaded Ukraine.
“They invaded Ukraine back in 2014. They annexed part of Ukraine, Crimea, and since 2014 there have been Russian military units in Donbas.”
He added, “This is the further invasion of a country that is already invaded.”
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