The NATO foreign ministers will meet next week to discuss Russia's military build-up on the territory of Ukraine and near its borders.
This was announced at a briefing in Brussels by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, writes European Pravda.
"We see an unusual concentration, and this is the second time this year. This is a military buildup by a country that has invaded Ukraine before. We see heavy weapons, tanks, drones along with troops ready for action. The troop build-up has not been provoked in any way and is not explained," Stoltenberg said.
He urged Russia to reduce tensions on its borders. "If Russia uses force against Ukraine, there will be a price, there will be consequences, and we continue to urge Russia to de-escalate," the secretary general said.
"We are deeply concerned about what we are seeing and sharing information with allies. There is no certainty about Russia's intentions, but we have seen that Russia has used military force against Ukraine before when it occupied Crimea and destabilized Donbass. To this we should add constant cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns," Stoltenberg added.
As a reminder, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that he was receiving assurances from Western partners to support escalation from Russia, but how this will be in practice is still unknown.