Stoltenberg expects the member states to decide to deploy four new battle groups in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia. This means that NATO will have eight battle groups in total.
– Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine results in death every single day. Putin must end this war immediately, Stoltenberg began.
– Tomorrow, NATO will repeat its support for Ukraine. According to the UN Treaty, Ukraine has the right to defend itself. Tomorrow, I expect the Allies to commit to further support. Among other things, when it comes to cyber defense, he continues.
Stoltenberg emphasizes that they have a responsibility to ensure that the conflict does not spread further and that there is a war between NATO and Russia.
At the same time, he promises support for Moldova, Georgia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
NATO now has 40,000 troops in the eastern part of Europe. Before the war, there were only 4,000 soldiers in the same area.
Putting pressure on China
According to TV 2, NATO leaders will urge China to step in during this conflict. China has previously given Russia political support.
– We are facing a new security situation where authoritarian powers exercise an increasing degree of power to get their way, says Stoltenberg.
At the crisis meeting on Thursday, NATO will also discuss China’s role in the conflict.
– Beijing has supported Moscow by questioning the rights of independent nations. China has given Russia political support, among other things by spreading lies and misinformation, says Stoltenberg.
He further says that NATO allies have expressed concern that China may decide to provide material support to Russia.
“I expect the leaders to ask China to live up to its responsibilities as members of the Security Council and to distance itself from Russia’s warfare and support the rest of the world in calling for a peaceful end to the war,” Stolenberg said.
Warns against the use of chemical weapons
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a stern warning against the use of chemical weapons in the war in Ukraine on Wednesday
– Any use of nuclear weapons will totally change the nature of the conflict, it will be a gross violation of international law and have far-reaching consequences, says Stoltenberg.
Stoltenberg warns Russia against threatening the use of chemical weapons and nuclear war.
– This is dangerous and irresponsible. NATO must protect and defend all allies. We have a clear message to Russia that a nuclear war should never be fought and can never be won, he says.
NATO membership not on the agenda
When asked if NATO will allow Ukraine membership in the alliance, Stoltenberg answers that this will not be discussed on Thursday.
– What we see in Ukraine is very painful. We see a full-scale invasion of a peaceful nation. That is why NATO has increased its support for Ukraine, he says and continues:
– I expect that we will discuss how to further strengthen support for Ukraine, but a NATO membership is not on the agenda.