Scholz declared the inadmissibility of a direct clash between NATO and Russia

The actions of the North Atlantic Alliance should not lead to a direct clash with Russia, but at the same time they should reliably deter it. This was written by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in an article for Foreign Affairs, published on Monday, December 5.

“NATO’s actions should not lead to a direct confrontation with Russia, but the alliance should reliably deter Russian activity,” the article says.

To this end, Germany has significantly increased its presence on NATO’s eastern flank, reinforcing the German-led NATO battlegroup in Lithuania, and also sending troops to replenish the battlegroups in Slovakia, the chancellor said.

Scholz also noted that German planes help maintain control over the airspace of Estonia and Poland.

The politician stressed that NATO countries will fulfill “the promise that an attack on one ally is an attack on the entire alliance.”

“We are determined to defend every inch of NATO territory from any possible aggression. We will fulfill NATO’s solemn promise that an attack on any one ally will be considered an attack on the entire alliance,” Scholz wrote.

Earlier, on December 1, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the direct involvement of the United States and NATO in the conflict in Ukraine. He pointed to the supply of weapons from the countries of the alliance to Kyiv and the training of the Ukrainian military by these countries.

On November 25, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that NATO had become an accomplice in the crimes of the Kyiv regime, commenting on the words of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about increasing the production of Soviet-style weapons that Ukraine needs.

A day earlier, Zakharova noted that in Ukraine there is a confrontation between Russia and NATO, as evidenced by the fact that an increasing number of military specialists from the countries of the alliance are fighting as part of a dozen private military companies and the armed forces of Ukraine (AFU).

On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass. The decision was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military.

For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.

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