NATO needs to do more to defend itself against Russia – German defense minister

According to the German defense minister, NATO needs to do more to defend itself against Russia.  Minister Christine Lambrecht, who was quoted by the Reuters news outlet as saying on October 8 that NATO must do more to defend itself against Russia and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

While speaking to German soldiers stationed in Lithuania, she added, “We cannot tell how far Putin’s narcissistic inclinations can go.

Additionally, Lambrecht brought out the threats Russia has made towards Lithuania.

The German defense minister stated, “We have heard of Russia’s threats against Lithuania, which was enforcing European sanctions along the Kaliningrad border. These threats are not at all new, so we need to be ready and take them seriously.”

On October 7, Gabrielius Landsbergis, the foreign minister of Lithuania, stated that NATO should admit Ukraine to the defensive alliance following the defeat of Russia since otherwise there is “no reason in having the alliance.”

On September 30, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared that his country would quickly submit an application to join NATO. Ruslan Stefanchuk, speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, the president, and prime minister Denys Shmyhal all signed the document.

Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to the head of the president’s office in Ukraine, claims that before submitting its request to join NATO rapidly, Ukraine held talks with the alliance.

On October 2, the presidents of nine NATO nations—the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia—called for “a considerable boost in military assistance to Ukraine” and endorsed the nation’s admission to the Alliance.

The application from Ukraine had been received by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, according to a notification from the Office of the President of Ukraine on October 4. It will now be discussed at the level of NATO member state ambassadors in Brussels.

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