NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has accused the Russian Federation of non-compliance with the NATO-Russia Founding Act and stressed that the Cold War should remain in the past.
According to the head of NATO, the NATO-Russia Founding Act is based on respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all the states.
'Everything that we do in the East, is a response to Russia's behavior. There can be no doubt. Nobody had mentioned military presence in the eastern part of the alliance until Russia illegally annexed Crimea and destabilized Ukraine using military force,' Jens Stoltenberg said.
NATO’s Secretary General said that Russian authorities had shown great disrespect to the territorial integrity of Georgia and Ukraine and significantly strengthened its military presence in these countries.
'We have to react to the actions of Russia, which have tripled its military spending since 2000. It is aggressive and changes existing European borders with military force,' he added.
Despite his harsh statements, Stoltenberg reiterated that the Alliance didn’t seek any open confrontation with Russia.
'The Cold War has become a part of history and we want it to remain so,' he concluded.