Brussels (Belgium): The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said on Friday that more troops are being deployed to eastern Europe after Russia invaded Ukraine, saying that “no one should be fooled by the Russian government’s barrage of lies.”
In a statement, NATO said that it is making “significant additional defensive deployments of forces” to the eastern part of the alliance, noting that while “deterrence and defense” measures are being deployed, NATO’s actions remain “preventive, proportionate and non-escalatory.”
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, enabled by Belarus. We call on Russia to immediately cease its military assault, to withdraw all its forces from Ukraine and to turn back from the path of aggression it has chosen,” read the statement.
It stated that this “long-planned” attack on Ukraine is “brutal and wholly unprovoked and unjustified.”
“Peace on the European continent has been fundamentally shattered. The world will hold Russia, as well as Belarus, accountable for their actions. We call on all states to condemn this unconscionable attack unreservedly. No one should be fooled by the Russian government’s barrage of lies,” it noted.
“Russia bears full responsibility for this conflict. It has rejected the path of diplomacy and dialogue repeatedly offered to it by NATO and Allies. It has fundamentally violated international law, including the UN Charter,” the statement added.
The statement said that NATO stands in “full solidarity with the democratically elected president, parliament and government of Ukraine”.
The statement added, ” We have deployed defensive land and air forces in the eastern part of the Alliance, and maritime assets across the NATO area. We have activated NATO’s defence plans to prepare ourselves to respond to a range of contingencies and secure Alliance territory, including by drawing on our response forces. We are now making significant additional defensive deployments of forces to the eastern part of the Alliance. We will make all deployments necessary to ensure strong and credible deterrence and defence across the Alliance, now and in the future. Our measures are and remain preventive, proportionate and non-escalatory.”
first published:Feb. 25, 2022, 11:41 p.m.