Is Russia uses force against Ukraine, it will have severe economic and political consequences. Such a statement NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made in the interview to the CBC NEWS.
“Russia has earlier used military force against its neighbors, Georgia, Ukraine and others, so the threat is real and engaging in dialogue is important in finding a political solution.
At the same time, we must be prepared as Russia may use force again. We must send a clear message that if Russia does so, it will have severe economic and political consequences.
We need to understand that Russia is aggressor, Russia has occupied Crimea, they support separatists in Donbas, eastern Ukraine and carry out cyber attacks against Ukraine.
NATO allies can’t compromise on the basic principles of European security, the principles of international security, that every country has the right to choose its own path, to decide for itself whether it wants to join NATO”, - said the Secretary General.