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NATO Chief Warns US Congress Against Russia’s Growing Threat

BRUSSELS, Belgium – NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Wednesday at a joint session of the US Congress that a “more assertive Russia” continues to pose a tangible threat, citing its military reinforcement, the use of nerve agents and it’s cyberattacks, France24 reported Thursday.
The President of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) warned the US Congress on Wednesday of the threat posed by “a more assertive Russia”, including a massive military build-up threats against sovereign states, the use of neurotoxic agents and cyberattacks.
“We must overcome our differences now because we will need our alliance even more in the future. We face unprecedented challenges – challenges that no country can tackle alone,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Stoltenberg said “time is running out,” also called on Russia to restore compliance with the Mid-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, in which Trump plans to withdraw the US this summer.
“NATO does not intend to deploy land-based nuclear missiles in Europe,” said Stoltenberg in a speech that was a passionate defense of the 70-year-old alliance.
“But NATO will always take the necessary measures to ensure credible and effective deterrence.”
Stoltenberg used his speech to resonantly defend “the most successful alliance in history,” which has often been ridiculed by US President Donald Trump.
The members of Congress, who praised Stoltenberg with repeated cheers and standing ovations, said they considered his speech at the joint meeting of the House of Representatives and the Senate an opportunity to reaffirm US commitment to alliance.
Stoltenberg was the first Norwegian to be awarded the rare honor of such an address.
“NATO has been good for Europe, but also for the United States,” said Stoltenberg.
“The strength of a nation is not only the size of its economy or the number of its soldiers, but also the number of its friends,” Stoltenberg added. “And through NATO, the United States has more friends and allies than any other power. This has made the United States stronger, and safer.”
Stoltenberg met Tuesday with Trump, who said his pressure on NATO countries to pay more for their defense translates into contributions of tens of billions of dollars, but that allies may have to increase more their budgets.
Stoltenberg said NATO member countries are increasing defense spending. “Allies have increased defense spending, before they cut billions. Now they add billions,” he said.
“Over the past two years, Europe’s allies and Canada have spent an additional $ 41 billion on defense. By the end of next year, this figure will reach $ 100 billion, “Stoltenberg said.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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