Speaking in the Bundestag ahead of the NATO summit in Warsaw, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the countries — participants of NATO in Eastern Europe, Poland in particular, “extremely concerned” with Russia’s actions, according to Focus.de. She said, trust in Moscow has been undermined in connection with the events in Ukraine.
At the same time, according to her, the policy of the Alliance towards Russia is “deeply defensive”. The Chancellor stated that in relation to Russia, NATO applies the principle of “deterrence and dialogue”. These two processes are “inseparable from each other,” said Merkel. “We […] agree that lasting security in Europe cannot be achieved without Russia”, — quotes the Chancellor of Germany N24. She also reported that the Alliance has invited Russia to hold a meeting of the Council Russia — NATO at the summit in Warsaw, but Moscow rejected this proposal. Earlier it was reported that the Council meeting will be July 13, after the NATO summit in Warsaw, which is scheduled for 8-9 July.
As marks Handelsblatt, in her speech, Merkel stressed the need to strengthen the presence of the Alliance in the Baltic States and Poland. “Germany makes a significant contribution to these measures”, — said the Chancellor. However, Merkel said that installation of NATO’s missile defence in Europe is “neutral” in nature and not directed against Russia.
Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that in the course of the NATO summit in Warsaw will be taken the key decisions on strengthening defense and deterrence of the Alliance. The leaders of NATO countries, said the Secretary General of the Alliance, agree to deploy four multinational battalions in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. He also noted that further steps to strengthen the deterrence and defence posture of the Alliance include strengthening its presence in Romania, as well as improved cyber defense, civil security and ability to defend themselves from attacks of ballistic missiles.