NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern Friday that the fighting in Ukraine could spiral out of control and become a major all-out war between Russia and the alliance.
Stoltenberg added, in an interview with the Norwegian radio station “NRK”, “If things go wrong, they can develop dramatically, but we work every day to avoid that.”
He said, “There is no doubt that the transformation of the conflict in Ukraine into an all-out war is possible.”
“It was important to avoid a conflict involving more countries in Europe,” he said.
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Russia has repeatedly accused NATO allies of becoming a de facto party to the conflict by providing Ukraine with weapons, training its forces, and providing military intelligence to attack Russian forces.
Since February 24, Russia has launched a military operation in Ukraine, followed by angry international reactions and the imposition of “tough” economic and financial sanctions on Moscow.