NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday that the Russian attack on Ukraine had destabilized peace on the European continent.
In a press statement shortly after an emergency meeting of the NATO Council, Stoltenberg called for a summit of NATO leaders to be held next Friday, according to the American “Associated Press”.
He added, “Russia attacked Ukraine.. This is a brutal act of war. Our prayers are with the brave people of Ukraine.”
He continued, “Peace has been shattered on our continent. This is a deliberate, cold-blooded, long-planned invasion. Russia is using force to try to rewrite history,” according to the same agency.
Hours ago, NATO decided to “take additional steps” to strengthen deterrence and defense against the backdrop of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.
NATO said in a statement that Russia would pay a “heavy price” for its military intervention in Ukraine, both politically and economically.
At dawn on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the launch of a military operation in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, which was followed by angry reactions from countries and organizations in the European Union.
The European Commission announced the holding of an emergency meeting to discuss the new package of sanctions expected to be imposed on Russia after its military intervention in Ukraine.