Sofia, Bulgaria: The Secretary-General of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) – Jens Stoltenberg, on March 23, Wednesday, notified that decision would be taken on March 24, regarding the deployment of “allied battalion” in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.
Battalions have already been deployed in Estonia, Latvia, Poland, and Lithuania. An alliance summit will take place today in Brussels, where President Rumen Radev will be the representative of Bulgaria. The meeting will be aired live.
Besides this, it will be decided at the summit whether to make available additional aid to the war-torn country in terms of cyber defence as well as measures for – chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear threats.
Meanwhile, the alliance is all set to assist Ukraine with air defences, drones, fuel, ammunition, finance. The allies of NATO are also providing shelter to the Ukrainian nationals who fled the country.
As per the statement of Stoltenberg, “This is just the initial step, and the long-term presence on the eastern flank will increase due to the war in Ukraine. Further decisions will be made in the month of June.”
The Secretary-General, further providing warning over the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, asserted, “Any of the weapons of mass destruction will alter the nature of the current conflict in Ukraine. Russia ought to stop talking about nuclear weapons. This is dangerous and irresponsible. There will be no winner in a nuclear war; such a war must not be permitted. Russia can never win such a war”.
Reports are that the member states will be required to spend double the amount they expend on Defence. Clearing the air, he then added that, for the present time, granting membership to Ukraine is not NATO’s agenda.
In its recent tweet, NATO cited, “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has created a new reality for our security. We must continue to stand strong together in #NATO to protect and defend all Allies #NATOSummit.”