Although it has some confidence in Ukraine’s latest truce, NATO is unaware to what destination the Ukrainian military and the independence fighters have withdrawn their heavy weapons.
“We have seen the withdrawal of some heavy weapons, but it’s unclear to what destination,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated at a joint press briefing with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Philip Breedlove in Brussels.
“The ceasefire seems to be holding, but it remains fragile. It must be respected,” he added.
The Alliance, however, claims it continues “to defend all Allies against any threats” and is flexing muscles in Europe. For the purpose, it is currently staging NATO maritime exercises in the Black Sea.
In a separate move, the United States is sending 3,000 troops and equipment to the Baltic region for training.
Latvia has confirmed that more than 120 armored units, including tanks, have arrived from the US.
NATO claims that its measures are defensive, proportionate, and in line with NATO’s international commitments.