(UnitedVoice.com) – The Russia-Ukraine tensions are causing concern across the globe and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be an easy problem to solve. At least, the head of NATO doesn’t think so.
Russia has placed more than 100,000 troops along the border of Ukraine. There are concerns that Russian President Vladimir Putin is going to invade his neighbor and annex more land, like it did in 2014 when it occupied Crimea. One of the other issues is the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO.
On Wednesday, January 12, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg spoke with Russian officials about the ongoing military aggression. The head of the international alliance told the press he had a “very serious and direct exchange” about the issue and what it means for the security of the region. After the meeting, he explained it’s clear their “differences will not be easy to bridge.”
"Our differences will not be easy to bridge. But it is a positive sign that all #NATO Allies and Russia sat down around the same table, and engaged on substantive topics. After two years where such meetings were not possible to convene."
– NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg https://t.co/rI2WUA7jPk
— NATO ACT (@NATO_ACT) January 13, 2022
Russia also spoke to US officials this week. Putin’s administration demanded a ban on Ukraine joining NATO. The former Soviet nation made it clear it was a hard line for them, but America refused to make such a promise. Stoltenberg told the press that NATO will also not enter into any such agreement, saying the organization “reaffirmed NATO’s Open Door policy.”
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