NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt said that the Alliance does not seek confrontation with Russia and does not want a new cold war and arms race..
“We are not seeking confrontation with Russia. We do not want the cold war. We don’t want arms race, ” he said. At the same time, he explained, NATO, deploying their forces in Eastern Europe “reacts to the annexation of the Crimea and the destabilization of the Russian situation in the East of Ukraine”.
In this case, Stoltenberg said that NATO does not see Russia’s intentions to attack any of the countries of the Alliance. At the same time, he urged the Alliance to be “decisive, reasonable and strong” in the political dialogue with Russia, noting that NATO adheres to a two-pronged approach — the policy of deterrence and dialogue.
At the same time, Stoltenberg said that NATO will not abandon nuclear weapons. Responding to a question about whether he sees the need to rethink the nuclear strategy of NATO towards Russia, the Secretary General said, “We are farther from nuclear weapons than ever. But as long as nuclear weapons exist in the world, NATO will remain a nuclear Alliance”, – he said. “It is important that NATO remains robust in the area of nuclear deterrence”, — said Stoltenberg.