NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Western military alliance would increase military assistance to Ukraine in the face of Russia’s invasion, calling on China to refrain from supporting Russia’s war effort and promote a peaceful resolution instead.
On March 24, during a NATO Summit in Brussels on the war in Ukraine, Stoltenberg stated, “NATO leaders agreed that we must and will provide further support to Ukraine. We will continue to impose unprecedented costs on Russia. And we will reinforce Allied deterrence and defence”.
The Heads of State and Government of the 30 NATO Allies also issue a statement saying that “In response to Russia’s actions, we have activated NATO’s defence plans, deployed elements of the NATO Response Force, and placed 40,000 troops on our eastern flank, along with significant air and naval assets, under direct NATO command supported by Allies’ national deployments.”
In addition, according to Stoltenberg, allies agreed to supply equipment to help Ukraine against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.
Stoltenberg also named China in his talk, saying, “China must not provide economic or military support for the Russian invasion.” In addition, we called on Beijing to “use its significant influence on Russia. And promote an immediate, peaceful resolution.”
When asked how NATO would react if China supported Russia economically or militarily, Stoltenberg replied, “Our message to China is that they should join the rest of the world and clearly condemn the brutal war against Ukraine and not support Russia and neither with economic support or with military support.”