“Our actions are not directed against a specific country. But there is no doubt: if one ally is attacked, the Alliance will respond to this. Such an understanding helps to avoid conflicts and maintain peace. We have successfully done this for 70 years. Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine has become a “trigger” to strengthen and adapt the Alliance to new threats, ”he said.
Stoltenberg added that as part of the transformation of the bloc, high-readiness forces were created, as well as advanced deployment of combat units in the East of the Alliance.
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“All this sends an absolutely clear signal: what happened in Crimea cannot be held against any of our allies. We will not allow such a situation to happen. And this is the best way to maintain peace,” the Secretary General summed up.