Watch live: NATO press briefing on Ukraine following defense ministers meeting | DW News


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Watch live: NATO press briefing on Ukraine following defense ministers meeting | DW News



An extraordinary meeting of NATO defense ministers is being held in Brussels on Wednesday. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the impact on regional security in eastern Europe will be the key focus. The special meeting of 30 NATO defense ministers includes United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said ahead of talks that “the brutal invasion of Ukraine by Russia” would be addressed. “This is devastating for the Ukrainian people and it will also change our security environment. It will have long-lasting consequences for our security, for all NATO allies,” Stoltenberg said. The NATO chief said the alliance was reinforcing its collective defense, adding that “hundreds of thousands of troops were on heightened alert.”

One-hundred-thousand US troops are in Europe, according to Stoltenberg, with 40,000 under direct NATO command. Stoltenberg said that both the immediate and long-term consequences of Russia’s actions would be spoken about, with emphasis on strengthening the defense of all NATO members. The secretary-general stressed that NATO had a responsibility to ensure the “crisis” didn’t escalate beyond the borders of Ukraine, which explains bolstered troop numbers along the eastern flank of the alliance. Next week, an extraordinary summit of NATO leaders is due to be held.

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  1. NATO has plans in place to move mass formations, including personnel and assets, to and within mainland Europe and then onto Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
    We do need to move MORE into these pre determined locations and staging areas as soon as possible to make sure that Putin knows and fully understands that ANY incursions, no matter how small, into NATO territory will result in Russia being smashed into the stone age.

  2. This is the same thing, over and over again. Defending the borders… regardless of the meeting, summit, it’s the same from EU. Ukraine war continues, more lives are lost! Understanding how they feel isn’t enough. They need help, all the help they need! Send the planes!!! Every second counts! shame on Germany they should cut all supplies from Russia if you want to show your concern. Germany put themselves in this position of energy dependence, but they are doing everything to reverse that, no matter the short term pain. In the meantime, their military is in absolutely no shape to take any step without NATO… Lots of people dumping on Germany here, but what (realistically) could they do right now? In five years, it will be a vastly different place, but that doesn't happen overnight.

  3. YOU BECAME THE MOST SHAMED LEADER OF NATO. I HAVE TO RESIGN FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS. AND SO HAVE CLOSED TO THE SALARY WITH YOUR TEETH AND HOLD ON. A coward SHOULD NOT GO TO SUCH A POSITION AT A GUN SHOT AT ALL. STOP YOUR ETERNAL HIDING BEHIND OTHERS. STOLBERG YOU ARE A COMMON COAPER.

  4. Ukraine had the right to be free. For years Russia only insisted that Ukrainians stop killing Russians in the Donbass area of Ukraine, and that Ukraine forego being a NATO proxy (which would have led to NATO missile bases on Russia's border). Russia never prohibited Ukraine from developing economic ties with the west, and never interfered with politics in Ukraine (as the west did). Ukraine's present lack of freedom is a direct result of Zelensky's failure to declare Ukraine a neutral country and to honor the Minsk accords.

  5. It is not someone or one country. All of you from NATO must stand against this PUTIn. If you will not act now then you're all worthless of what you called democracy. Allowing one democratic country be bombarded and civilians fleeing.

  6. NATO needs to grow a backbone. Start the no-flight zone in western Ukraine, protecting routes for humanitarian evacuations; enlarge that area to all of western Ukraine; and flood eastern Ukraine with ground-based air defence at the same time. Communicate clearly to the Russian people that we are saving Ukrainians, not fighting Russians. Then, let Putin make the first move. He won't, because behind like all bully's – Putin is little more than a coward.

  7. 100000 TOP  RUSSIAN  OLIGARCHS control 90% of RUSSIAN ECONOMY & RUSSIAN BUSINESSES-AND THUS  ACT AS FEEDERS TO THE  RUSSIAN WAR MACHINE.Therefore to change the course of the war the following needs to be done right away- 1) Freezing assets of all those(ten thousands) OLIGARCHS,charging each one of them as War Criminals by convening NUREMBERG STYLE war tribunals(select judges from Supreme Courts of every nation on the Globe–trials should be clean fair & based on factual evidence}. 2)Publish List of all those 100000 OLIGARCHS.If governments around the Globe work together in arresting those OLIGARCHS responsible for this extermination of civilians & Locking them up–IT WOULD PREVENT FUTURE WARS)."MAN'S ENEMY IS NOT ANOTHER MAN BUT DEATH, DISEASE ,POVERTY, UNEMPLOYMENT,LACK OF JOBS LACK OF EDUCATION   PLUS CORRUPTION, RELIGION PERSECUTIONS,INGRAINED HATRED, BROKEN FAMILIES DRUGS,CRIMINAL CARTELS——"..

  8. If America jumps into the war, what will happen to Russia will happen, but Britain, America, France and Germany will not be there. Even if Putin drops one atom bomb on everyone, consider this to be the end. And stopping the missile of Russia is not their thing

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