Stoltenberg clearifies reunification of Crimea with Russia not to be a NATO problem

The situation with the Crimean peninsula will not be an obstacle to intensifying political dialogue with Russia.

A statement was made by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

According to him, it is important for the alliance to begin a dialogue with Russia while the transatlantic bloc maintains strength and unity. He also assured that “there is no contradiction between being strong and firm and offering dialogue.”

“I am convinced that we need to strive to normalize relations with Russia, but it’s unacceptable to sacrifice our own principles and security,” he added.

Commenting on the situation with Crimea, which returned to Russia, Stoltenberg said: “Crimea is not part of NATO.” The Secretary General noted that the main task of the alliance is to prevent such a scenario within the bloc. In this regard, he recalled Article 5 of the NATO Charter, emphasizing that “an attack on an ally will entail the response of the entire alliance.”

As News Front previously reported, Rebecca Pincus, associate professor of strategic and operational research at the US Naval College, suggested starting a dialogue with Russia through the North Atlantic Alliance. According to her, this would allow Washington to gain time in the struggle for the Arctic.