“We urge Russia in the strongest possible terms to choose the path of diplomacy. This is the most dangerous moment in European security for a generation,” Stoltenberg told reporters from Brussels.
“Every indication is that Russia continues to plan for a full-scale attack on Ukraine,” he warned.
The secretary-general’s comments come just one day after Russian President Vladimir Putin first announced his decision to recognize the independence of two Russian-backed breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, and then ordered “peacekeeping” troops into the Donbas region.
Stoltenberg confirmed that NATO had “evidence” that Russian forces have already invaded Ukraine following Putin’s order.
Over 150,000 troops have amassed along Ukraine’s border in Russia, Belarus as well as in occupied Crimea and Donbas.
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