NATO's secretary general has cautioned Russia and Belarus against destabilizing activities. Belarus will be on the agenda of the upcoming NATO summit to be attended by the US president and German chancellor.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Moscow and Minsk Sunday against activities that would destabilize the alliance's eastern flank in an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag ahead of the NATO summit in a week's time.
Belarus borders the NATO member states of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The warning comes after Minsk diverted a Ryanair flight traveling from Athens to Vilnius two weeks ago in order to detain a dissident journalist, Raman Pratasevich, and his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega, who were on board.
Raman Pratasevich appears in a taped forced confession that aired on Belarus state television after he was pulled from a Ryanair flight Minsk diverted on the false pretext of a bomb threat to arrest him
"We are of course ready, in an emergency, to protect and defend any ally against any kind of threat coming from Minsk and Moscow," Stoltenberg said.