Ukraine and NATO want nothing but more sanctions over Russia. The two parties have been alarmed with Moscow’s activities near Ukraine that pushing for more sanctions could be a strategic move. Can NATO successfully defeat Russia?
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg recently. As part of their meeting, NATO has expressed its support over putting sanctions on Russia.
“The president informed Stoltenberg about the situation in Donbas. The head of state stressed that sanctions against Russia should be continued until the complete fulfillment of the Minsk agreements,” Interfax quoted a statement. Stoltenberg also affirmed NATO’s support the position of Ukraine on Russian sanctions.
NATO Pushes More Sanctions on Russia
NATO and Ukrainian relations with the Russians have degraded over the years following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Russia has reportedly been stepping up military efforts in Eastern Europe including Crimea that has got the same parties alarmed. The former Soviet denies any plans of invading any territory although intelligence says that the country could mask invasion through its military drills.
Russia, on other hand, has also expressed concerns about NATO’s nuclear activities. According to the Kremlin, it is alarming to know the plans of America in installing new nuclear weapons in Europe.
“Such joint NATO nuclear missions are a serious threat in the non-proliferation sphere as they contradict directly the spirit and the letter of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. It is a cause of great concern that the United States are planning to deploy new nuclear bombs of reduced power but with greater accuracy in Europe within the framework of modernizing its nuclear arsenal,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov via Sputnik.