Russia's latest actions 'most serious escalation' since war began: NATO chief
Russia's latest actions 'most serious escalation' since war began, says NATO chief
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Recent actions by Russia constitute the most serious escalation of the conflict since Moscow invaded Ukraine in February, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday.
"Putin has mobilised hundreds of thousands of more troops, engaged in irresponsible nuclear sabre-rattling and now illegally annexed more Ukrainian territory. Together, this represents the most serious escalation since the start of the war," Stoltenberg told a news conference.
He said NATO reaffirmed its "unwavering support" for Ukraine s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and would not be deterred by Russian President Vladimir Putin from supporting the country in defending itself against Russia.