Russia’s actions, including the incident with the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, represent a challenge for the North Atlantic alliance, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, calling the events in Britain unacceptable for the civilized world.
According to Stoltenberg, the use of the nerve agent is the first such case in an ally country of NATO since the foundation of the organization. Article 5 of the NATO treaty states that an attack on one member is an attack on all.
Speaking at a special press conference in Brussels, he noted that all the countries that are members of the Alliance agreed that the poisoning of the former colonel of the GRU and his daughter was a violation of international norms and agreements.
The head of NATO said that his organization does not want a new cold war with Russia and believes that the arms race is not beneficial for anyone, but at the same time he assured the public that the alliance will show every possible political support of Britain and help in the investigation of the attack.
Earlier, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that the United Kingdom would not give Russia samples of the substance that had poisoned Skripal .
The head of the counterterrorism department of Scotland Yard said that the poisoning was carried out with the help of a nerve agent, which was subsequently identified as a poisonous agent called “Novice”, developed in the USSR.
Why Russian intelligence would go and use a Soviet toxin, on the eve of Russian elections, just to kill someone who was formerly in custody for many years – is only a question that makes sense in the West.