Stoltenberg: NATO doesn't strive for new Cold War

Stoltenberg: NATO doesn't strive for new Cold War

NATO doesn't want a new Cold War or a new arms race, it strives for a better relationship with Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Stoltenberg noted that NATO is a defensive alliance, what it does is proportionate and measured. "For many years after the end of the Cold War, NATO Allies reduced defence spending, reduced their military capabilities. And we tried to establish a partnership with Russia," he said, blaming Russia for annexing Crimea and destabilising eastern Ukraine

"We are responding in a defensive, proportionate way. With some more military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance. But at the same time, we strive for a better relationship with Russia. We don’t want a new Cold War, we don’t want a new arms race," Stoltenbers stressed.

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