NATO ready to defend against ‘Moscow or Minsk’: Stoltenberg

SpaceWar.com reports: “NATO is ready to defend itself against any threat from ‘Moscow or Minsk’, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday, after Belarus welcomed Wagner rebel leader Yevgeny Prigozhin into exile.

Stoltenberg said NATO would agree to strengthen its defences at a key summit in Lithuania next week in order to protect all members, especially those which border Russia’s ally Belarus.

‘It’s too early to make any final judgment about the consequences of the fact that Prigozhin has moved to Belarus and most likely also some of his forces will also be located to Belarus,’ Stoltenberg told reporters.

‘What is absolutely clear is that we have sent a clear message to Moscow and to Minsk that NATO is there to protect every ally and every inch of NATO territory,’ he said after dinner with seven national leaders in The Hague.

‘So no room for misunderstanding in Moscow or Minsk about our ability to defend allies against any potential threat, and that is regardless of what you think about the movement of the Wagner forces.’…”

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