NATO is not letting Vladimir Putin have his way as the alliance seeks to stand up to the Russian threat through more aggressive actions. However, Russia is making a move of its own, which could create more tension across the European region. Is the world about to face the next world war?
NATO Stands Up to Putin
Apart from previous efforts, NATO has reportedly been stacking troops across Europe as a response to the perceived aggressive actions of Russia. Despite claims that NATO and Russia’s communication lines remain open for peace, the recent efforts of both parties have been linked to one thing: in preparation for a war.
Tensions between NATO and Russia have risen throughout the years following the annexation of Crimea. Since Russia has been assembling troops once more near Ukraine, NATO has assured members and the world that it will be increasing its presence to deter Russian aggression. The move has also prompted Russia to act on its own and stack up military forces.
Nonetheless, Express reported that an alliance source reiterated that NATO’s moves are only in light of defending its territories.
“We do not seek confrontation with Russia, and will continue to strive for a more constructive relationship,” said the source.
“NATO has a responsibility to ensure we are ready to defend our allies.
“We are reinforcing our presence in the eastern part of the Alliance in response to Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine.”
The source clarified that all activities are defensive in nature and in line with the organization’s international commitments and responsibilities. The source added that the alliance is keeping communication lines open.
Russia Becomes Dangerous
Nonetheless, Russia appears to be becoming more dangerous.
According to Daily Star, Russia has been spotted loading dozens of vehicles to a ferry, sparking invasion fears. According to the report, CCTV footage from the Kerch Strait ferry reveals that Russia is loading vehicles in what many believe to be parts of its efforts for a full-scale invasion. The strait crosses from Russia into occupied Crimea. There were also unmarked military trucks and armored personal carriers seen.