On Tuesday, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said that a victory for Russian forces in Ukraine would be a defeat for his organization.
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"Russia's victory in the war against Ukraine will be a defeat of NATO. This cannot be allowed," he stressed, adding that his organization will continue with its nuclear drills as planned.
Next week the NATO countries will carry out the annual "Steadfast Noon" nuclear drill, which Stoltenberg considers an important deterrence mechanism against Russian "veiled threats".
Through these military exercises, the Alliance maintains its “safe, secure and effective” nuclear deterrent capability, he explained from NATO headquarters in Brussels.
“Now is the right time to be firm and clear that NATO is there to protect and defend its allies,” Stoltenberg said, adding that “Russia knows that a nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought.”
He stressed that NATO is "closely monitoring" Russia's nuclear forces and warned that "there will be severe consequences" if Russia uses any kind of nuclear weapon in Ukraine.
This year, 14 allied countries will participate in the Steadfast Noon drills, which will take place in Western Europe, more than 1,000 kilometers from Russia. These military exercises are routine and not related to any current world events, NATO says.