US Ambassador to NATO: If you hear that the US is keeping its troops on high alert, it means that they are handling the immediate situation.

The United States is now focusing on what it can do to reassure the people of Romania and other countries in eastern Russia that concerns over Russian intervention in Ukraine are mounting. If you hear that the United States is keeping its forces – NATO’s response to the Ukrainian crisis – on high alert, it means that it is dealing with the immediate situation. NWith the door open for conversation, we are ready for all unforeseen circumstances. US Ambassador to NATO Julian Smith says in an exclusive interview with Digi24.

Cristina Cileacu, Digi24 journalist: Russia has a list of security guarantees that are considered essential to alleviate the crisis they have created in Ukraine. The Russian Federation feels threatened by NATO, a security agency and its expansion. Is NATO planning to expand in the future?

Julian Smith, US Ambassador to NATO: Currently, I have clarified some things with Russia. First, I made it clear to Russia that this was a defensive alliance. Second, I was clear that this alliance had never been forcibly extended. Third, I noticed it Occupier of Russia. Russia has already entered Ukraine, and continues to do so in places like Georgia and Moldova. Finally, at the NATO-Russia Council, when I spoke with the Russians, he noted that a decision like NATO expansion was actually only made between the 30 members of the coalition and the countries of interest, and that Russia, in fact, had no veto over this process.

What if Russia had its troops in Ukraine?

Christina Siligu: The ambassador said Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was ready to deploy US troops in the east, including Romania, saying it was a temporary mission and that the troops would return to the United States once the crisis was over. . But if Russia does not withdraw its troops, who is now around Ukraine and Belarus? For example, will the extra presence of US troops in countries like Romania become a permanent task?

Julian Smith: It is difficult to speculate, but what I can tell you now is that the United States works closely with its allies and is doing all it can to ensure and encourage NATO operations in the East. Is emphasized By keeping the door open for conversation, we prepare for all unforeseen circumstances. So if you hear that the US is keeping its forces – NATO’s response – on high alert, it means that it is dealing with the immediate situation. It remains to be seen how these activities will unfold and what they will look like in the coming weeks and months. But now the United States is focusing on what it can do to reassure the people, countries like Romania and other countries in the East.

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Christina Siligu: Romania is an important ally in the Black Sea, and if the situation in the region worsens, what should we expect, and what should we expect?

Julian Smith: We all stressed to allies its importance We must be united. One of our strengths at NATO now is the ability to work together as 30 (not allies), which has been very effective in the NATO-Russia Council. Second, We want to make sure that every country is considering whether or not it has the right amount of trained forces. If necessary, all of these forces are ready to act. Finally, we talked to several associates about confirming it We can cover any gaps, Any possible missions in the future or even the Baltic Air Police Mission. We are trying to ensure that there is no gap in terms of capabilities or troops so that NATO is ready for whatever happens in the coming weeks. But the most important thing is that the 30 allies who have done such a good job speak together with one voice, so we continue to stand united and reach a consensus that in fact Russia is no invader. , Not NATO.

NATO is examining the relationship between Russia and China

Christina Siligu: How do you see China’s role in this crisis? Because we have found that China is also involved in resolving the crisis, or are you at least trying to alleviate it?

Julian Smith: China is an issue that has started to be talked about a lot in recent years, and you know what you see, some of your observers know that NATO will rewrite its strategic vision this summer. Madrid Summit. When we focus on new threats and challenges or legitimate competitors, we like to focus Countries like China, even here in Europe, continue to pose challenges or challenges to NATO. So we want to see more work in this direction. Finally, I would like to point out that the Coalition is working hard to analyze the relationship between Russia and China. These two countries are still learning from each other, and we would like to focus on this relationship and ensure that we fully appreciate and understand how NATO can approach the relationship between the two countries.

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Christina Siligu: Madam Ambassador, last question we do not have much time. Discussions in Romania and the region in which they live suggest that the United States is too focused on fighting China for world domination and that it is no longer interested in Europe. What is your answer?

Julian Smith: I do not agree with this. I think you see the level of involvement coming from Washington. The President, Secretary Blingen and Secretary Austin were involved, and there were several high-level visits. We had all sorts of officers back and forth across the Atlantic. We do everything we can to work closely with our partners in this situation, and no one is looking anywhere else.

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