NATO is going to provide assistance to the member States of its Alliance in the fight against coronavirus and deal with the containment of Russia. This was announced on Tuesday, April 14, by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“We see that Russia maintains a military presence along the borders of NATO, including in the black sea region, increases its military presence in Crimea, and strengthens the black sea fleet.
He also expressed confidence that Russia is helping volunteers in Eastern Ukraine, so NATO, according to him, will help members of its Alliance not only in the topic of countering coronavirus, but also in the issue of security.
In particular, Stoltenberg said that NATO has strengthened its presence in the black sea region. In addition, the Alliance is currently working closely with Ukraine, Georgia and Romania.
In response to a question about whether the Alliance has plans to help Russia in the fight against the coronavirus, Stoltenberg said that there were no requests from Moscow about this.
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“Now I am paying attention to how to coordinate support to NATO member countries. The situation in Russia reminds us that this is a global crisis, a common challenge, and we must respond to it together, ” the Secretary General added.
However, in early April, the us Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said that the Alliance and Russia should and will help each other in the fight against coronavirus.
At the same time, Stoltenberg assessed how Russia helps other countries in the fight against coronavirus infection.
In March, NATO reported on the impact of coronavirus on the activities of the Alliance. In particular, the organization closely monitors the health and condition of its employees. In addition, they had to re-schedule military exercises due to the spread of the epidemic.
The spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the infectious disease COVID-19, began in late December last year in Wuhan, China.
According to Worldometer on April 14, 1.94 million cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the world, 120.5 thousand patients died, and 458.9 thousand people recovered.