Nato ‘closely monitoring’ Russia’s nuclear forces: Stoltenberg

Brussels, Oct 11 (EFE).- Nato is “closely monitoring” Russia’s nuclear forces and remains “vigilant” to any changes in the Kremlin’s position, the Alliance’s secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.

“We are closely monitoring Russia’s nuclear forces, we have not seen any changes in Russia’s posture” Stoltenberg told reporters ahead of a Nato defense ministers meeting in Brussels.

The Nato chief added that any “deliberate” attack against allies’ critical infrastructure would be met with a “united and determined” response.

“Nato is not party to the conflict, but our support is playing a key role,” the Norwegian politician said, adding that the Alliance would continue to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and self-defense.

Stoltenberg continued to say that Russian president Vladimir Putin was “failing” in Ukraine following a recent escalation of attacks in multiple Ukrainian cities that have killed at least 12 and injured over 100 people, according to the United Nations.

“President Putin is failing in Ukraine. His attempted annexations, partial mobilization, and reckless nuclear rhetoric represent the most significant escalation since the start of the war,” he said.

“President Putin’s veiled nuclear threats are dangerous and irresponsible. Russia knows that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” the Nato chief added.

Nato defense ministers are holding high-level meetings in Brussels Wednesday and Thursday in which Finland and Sweden have also been invited to participate.

Russia launched a nationwide missile attack on Ukraine Monday in response to an explosion that several damaged the Crimean Bridge on Saturday, which Putin blamed on Kyiv.EFE


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