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NATO commits to defending territory of alliance: Scholz

Russia Ukraine WarNATO commits to defending territory of alliance: Scholz

Brussels (The Times Groupe)- Germany’s chancellor Olaf Scholz said Tuesday that the military alliance (NATO) is committed to defending every inch of its territory.

Olaf Scholz said Germany would bolster NATO’s eastern flank through its contribution.

“We will create a strong brigade, we discussed that with each other and will have to work on that,” Scholz said at a news conference alongside Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

Scholz said that Germany’s decision to allocate a $107.3 billion (€100 billion) “special fund” to modernize its armed forces will strengthen NATO and make the country “the strongest armed forces in Europe and one of the strongest in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).”

EU countries and Germany will continue to support Ukraine as long as it is needed.

“Germany is one of the main supporters of Ukraine in terms of military, and probably only the United States provides greater support than us,” said Scholz.

Nauseda said the leaders discussed Russia’s war on Ukraine and how Europe should respond.

“We must build a strong response and strengthen our defenses in the face of Russian aggression,” said Nauseda, adding “we agreed on the need to reinforce defense capabilities in the Baltic states by increasing the number of deployed troops, strengthening air and sea defense.”

We must realize that Russia’s military threat won’t go away. It will remain a long-term threat to the entire Euro-Atlantic area,” he said.

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