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NATO is strengthening its defense due to Russia’s actions - Stoltenberg
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NATO’s responding to Russia’s actions with strengthening of collective security on the continent. These have been the most active NATO operations since the end of the Cold War.

This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Warsaw at a joint press conference with the Minister of National Defence of Poland Anthony Matserevych.

'We have discussed our preparations for the Warsaw summit that is to be held in July. The summit is occurring at a very important time. We can see increasingly active Russia that is intimidating its neighbors and changing borders by force,' Stoltenberg said.

According to him, NATO’s responding to Russia’s actions with strengthening of collective security on the continent. These have been the most active NATO operations since the end of the Cold War.

'We are increasing the power and capabilities of NATO Response Forces, improving the mechanism of political and military decision-making and the creation of new small control points, in particular, here in Poland. All these actions are defensive and will strengthen us as the alliance,' he said.

Later, Stoltenberg spoke at the University of Warsaw and reiterated that NATO wasn’t eager to have any confrontation with Russia.

'We don’t want any new Cold War. We don’t want any new arms race. Russia is our great neighbor, a member of the UN Security Council and can still play a constructive role in world affairs,' he said.

NATO Secretary General said that the Alliance is eager to have more positive and more constructive relationship with Russia. It’d like to lead a dialogue with Russia and to watch transparency in military matters.

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