The NATO chief said the new aid would likely include equipment to counter chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear threats.
NATO leaders are set to agree to station more forces in Eastern Europe to prevent Russia from invading any member of their ranks and to send equipment to Ukraine to help it fend off chemical attacks or biology, the union’s top official said.
Speaking Wednesday, ahead of a series of summits in Brussels focusing on war in UkraineNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO leaders are likely to agree to send more assistance to Ukraine, including equipment to help Ukraine defend itself against chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear threats core.
“Any use of chemical weapons would radically change the nature of the conflict, and that would be a flagrant violation of international law and far-reaching consequences,” Stoltenberg said. .
He declined to say whether such an attack would be a red line that could drag NATO into the war.
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“I hope the leaders will agree to strengthen NATO’s position in all areas, with a major increase in the eastern part of the alliance – on land, in the air and at sea,” Stoltenberg added. .
Russian President Putin sent troops into Ukraine in what he called a “special military operation” aimed at demilitarizing and “demilitarizing” the country. Ukraine and the West argue that Putin has waged a war of aggression without cause.
‘As long as necessary’
NATO now has about 40,000 troops from several countries under its command, nearly 10 times more than a few months ago, military commanders said.
The alliance also has 140 warships at sea and 130 aircraft on high alert. Russia’s actions, Stoltenberg told reporters, have become “the new normal for our security and NATO must respond to that new reality”.
The head of NATO said the forces would remain “for as long as necessary”.
Part of the new reality has included veiled threats from Putin about the possible use of nuclear weapons and efforts to target what NATO members say may be “fake flag” operations. ” as an excuse for the use of chemical weapons in Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden plans to attend the NATO meeting on Thursday, along with summits of the European Union and the Group of Seven of the world’s top developed economies.
As an organization, NATO does not supply weapons to Ukraine. It aims to protect its members against a potential Russian attack.
The 30-nation coalition refused to send troops to Ukraine, either for combat or peacekeeping, and said it would not deploy the planes to protect civilians or police. not the flying area.
But member states are providing weapons and other support, individually or in groups.
Calling on China to condemn the war
The world’s largest security organization wants to avoid being drawn into a war with nuclear power Russia. But Stoltenberg said that beyond the devastation in Ukraine, “any use of chemical weapons or biological weapons could have serious consequences for NATO allies”.
Stoltenberg also called on China to condemn Russia’s war in Ukraine and refuse to provide “material support” to Moscow.
China has not condemned Russia’s invasion, though it did express concern about war. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng on Saturday said Western sanctions against Russia were increasingly “outrageous”.
“Beijing has joined with Moscow in questioning the right of independent states to choose their own path. China has provided Russia with political support, including spreading blatant lies and disinformation, and its allies fear that China could provide material support for the invasion. of Russia,” said Mr. Stoltenberg.