NATO insiders fear Russian attack on multiple fronts

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NATO insiders fear Russian attack on multiple fronts

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg on the development of the Ukrainian conflict

In view of the conflict in Ukraine, representatives of the 30 NATO countries and Russia met for the first time in more than two years. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explains here whether states have been able to come to an agreement and what next steps NATO is currently considering.

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According to a press report, there are fears within NATO that Russia may use its recently massively increased military presence to strike across a broad front, including against member states. NATO would not be able to counter such an escalation in an emergency.

IClearly, warnings are circulating within NATO that Russian President Vladimir Putin may seek armed conflict with the West beyond Ukraine. As diplomats from several military alliance states have reported to “Spiegel”, there are fears that the Russian armed forces are using their recently massively increased presence in the Mediterranean, North Atlantic and Arctic to strike. on a broad front – even against NATO countries. In such a case, massive disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks can also be expected.

According to NATO, there is currently no concrete indication of preparations for such an attack. But Moscow’s escalation opportunities are real – and in an emergency, NATO would not have to quickly counter Russia, either militarily or digitally.

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More recently, the Russian government asked NATO to make a contract to no longer accept former Soviet republics and to withdraw its troops from Eastern allies. Putin has assembled around 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine.

A prominent Russian diplomat also raised the possibility of the Russian military getting involved in the Americas. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with Russian broadcaster RTVI TV on Thursday that he could neither confirm nor rule out the possibility of Russia stationing military infrastructure in Cuba and Venezuela.

Ryabkov had led the Russian delegation in the US-Russian talks over the tense situation on the Ukrainian border and other security issues in Geneva on Monday. Discussions in Geneva and talks between Russia and NATO on Wednesday in Vienna failed to overcome divisions over the security guarantees demanded by Russia in the context of the reinforcement of Russian troops near Ukraine.


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