Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that NATO’s preparations to confront Russia have existed since 2014 and are not new to Moscow, explaining that Russia considers the alliance a tool to implement the policy of the United States of America, according to Russia Today.
On the possibility that Sweden and Finland could join the alliance, the Russian President pointed out that this process will not disturb Moscow.
Noteworthy, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that the Ukraine war should end through negotiations, but on Kyiv’s terms.
Stoltenberg called on Ukraine to prepare for a long war, without answering the question of whether Ukraine would be able to join NATO after that, according to the Russian news agency ‘TASS’.
“We must prepare for a long war, and this is our signal to President Zelensky,” he said.
Moreover, Stoltenberg, the Secretary-General of NATO said that Russia poses a “direct threat” to NATO security.
This statement came during a NATO leaders meeting in Madrid, which seeks to strengthen the alliance’s eastern wing in response to Russia’s operation in Ukraine.
Stoltenberg added that NATO faces its greatest challenge since WW2 due to the war in Ukraine.
“We’ll state clearly that Russia poses a direct threat to our security,” Stoltenberg said, according to AFP.
According to Stoltenberg, the meeting in Madrid was set to be “historic and transformative.”