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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has warned that Russia could step up military activity and spill over the conflict to NATO allies. In an exclusive interview with Sky News’ Kay Burley, Secretary-General Stoltenberg insisted NATO allies were “not part of the conflict.” The military alliance is increasing its military presence around Ukraine to send a “very clear message” to Vladimir Putin that if a NATO ally is attacked, the alliance will respond. Mr Stoltenberg said: “The brutal reality is that faced with Russia’s military build-up, the will to use force against neighbours, there is a need to invest more in defence”.
“When we live in a more dangerous world, when we se the aggressive actions of President Putin against sovereign peaceful nations in Europe and Ukraine and all the threats and rhetoric against NATO allies, then we need to invest more.
“And that is exactly what NATO allies are doing. The UK in total spends more than 2 percent.
“But we need to do more together and we need to invest in new more modern capabilities to ensure that we are able also to protect us in the future”, Mr Stoltenberg said.
When asked about whether NATO allies will have to commit to more defence spending, the NATO’s Secretary-General emphasised NATO’s minimum contribution is two percent of GDP.
“My focus now is to ensure that all our NATO allies meet that guideline.
“The good news is that more and more allies spend two percent more on defence and those who are not yet at two percent have clear plans in place to reach two percent.”
On the possibility of radiation spreading across Europe if a nuclear accident were to happen at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, he said: “That’s a very dangerous situation.
“And it can of course affect people in NATO allied countries.
“But it’s a different thing than an attack on a NATO allied country,” Mr Stoltenberg said, discarding triggering article 5 of NATO – a clause which requires the alliance to support threatened countries – in that specific case.
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Tory leadership frontrunner in the race to become Prime Minister, Liz Truss, has pledged to raise defence spending to 3 percent of GDP by 2030, if elected Prime Minister.
Her rival Rishi Sunak said the NATO target of two percent as a “floor and not a ceiling” and notes it is set to rise to 2.5% “over time” – but refuses to set “arbitrary targets”.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s warning comes as Russian forces could intensify attacks on Ukraine , including in capital Kyiv, on Ukraine’s Independence Day in a major escalatory move.
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