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NATO Likely To Provide Nuclear Threat Protection Equipment To Ukraine


I expect leaders to agree to strengthen NATO’s posture in all domains, its chief said.

Brussels:

NATO leaders are ready to agree new military deployments for eastern allies and more support for Ukraine in response to Russia’s war against its neighbor, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.

Leaders from the US -led military coalition met Thursday in Brussels for an emergency summit as the West grapples with its worst security crisis in decades.

Stoltenberg said the allies would sign the deployment of four “battle groups” to members of eastern Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia as part of an effort that has seen thousands of troops move closer to Russia.

“I expect leaders to agree to strengthen NATO’s posture in all domains with a large increase in troops in the eastern part of the alliance, on land, in the air and at sea,” he said.

The combat group will match settlements that have seen 5,000 NATO troops deployed across the Baltic and Poland since 2017.

The alliance was in addition considering a larger long -term increase to its forces in the east as allies near Russia asked for enough troops to be sent to avert any possible attack by Moscow.

“We will do what is necessary to make sure we protect and defend all allies,” Stoltenberg said.

NATO has rejected appeals from non -Ukrainian members to intervene to help stop the Kremlin’s violent attacks by imposing a no -fly zone for fear of being dragged into a wider conflict with Russia’s nuclear power.

But the allies have sent arms shipments to Ukraine to help fight the Kremlin troops.

Kyiv has appealed for a heavier anti-aircraft and warplane system and President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to repeat the call in a speech to NATO leaders via a video link.

“Tomorrow, I expect the allies will agree to provide additional support, including cybersecurity assistance as well as equipment to help Ukraine protect against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats,” Stoltenberg said.

“We are determined to do everything we can to support Ukraine. But we have a responsibility to ensure that the war does not escalate outside Ukraine and become a conflict between NATO and Russia,” he said.

The move comes as US President Joe Biden warned of a possible “real threat” Russia may use chemical weapons in Ukraine.

“The use of chemical weapons would completely change the nature of the conflict, and it would be a blatant violation of international law and would have far-reaching consequences,” Stoltenberg said.

The NATO chief said leaders would also address “China’s role” in the Ukraine conflict because of concerns Beijing could support Moscow.

“China has provided political support to Russia, including by spreading lies and outright misinformation, and its allies are worried China could provide material support for Russian aggression,” Stoltenberg said.

“I expect leaders to call on China to fulfill its responsibilities as a member of the UN Security Council, refrain from supporting Russia’s war efforts, and join the rest of the world in calling for an immediate and peaceful end to this war.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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