NATO to Active Defense Forces After Russia Invades Ukraine Says Peace in Europe is “Shattered”

NATO+to+Active+Defense+Forces+After+Russia+Invades+Ukraine+Says+Peace+in+Europe+is+Shattered

Last night, February 23rd 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine and throughout the day has been firing at Ukraine. 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke out against Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine and provided some details of how the organization plans to combat any threat to member states.

During a news conference Thursday morning, Stoltenberg said the North Atlantic Council decided to activate its defense plans so they can send NATO forces to wherever they are needed.

“NATO’s core task is to protect and defend all allies. There must be no room for miscalculation or misunderstanding,” Stoltenberg said.

The secretary general said it is deploying forces “on land, at sea, and in the air,” including thousands of troops, at least 120 allied ships, and more than 100 jets “on high alert, protecting our air space.”

“We will continue to do whatever is necessary to shield the alliance from aggression,” he said. 

“Peace cannot be taken for granted. Freedom and democracy are contested by authoritarian regimes,” Stoltenberg declared.

“We will protect our people and our values. Democracy will always prevail over autocracy. Freedom will always prevail over oppression,” he said.

Ukraine, however, is not a NATO member, and Stoltenberg made clear that while the country is considered “a highly valued partner,” NATO will not be getting directly involved within the country.

“Peace in our continent has been shattered,” he said, calling the Russian invasion “a brutal act of war” and “a deliberate, cold-blooded, and long-planned invasion.”

Stoltenberg accused Russia of “using force to try to rewrite history,” stating that “the Kremlin’s aim is to reestablish its sphere of influence … and subvert the values that we hold dear.”

He called on Russia “to immediately cease” its military actions, but when asked about holding talks with the Kremlin, he said that is not currently an option.

“Russia has shut the door to a political solution. We regret that, but that is sadly the reality,” he said.