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Moscow violated NATO-Russia Founding Act: Stoltenberg

BBC quoted Nato Secretary-General as saying that the 1997 agreement does not limit Nato's ability to increase its presence in Eastern Europe.

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Brussels: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday said that Russia walked away from the Nato-Russia Founding Act by invading Ukraine. 

As per the founding act, signed in Paris in May 1997, an agreement was made “to build together a lasting and inclusive peace in the Euro-Atlantic area”.

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BBC quoted Nato Secretary-General as saying that the 1997 agreement does not limit Nato’s ability to increase its presence in Eastern Europe.

Amid the Ukraine-Russia conflict, the military alliance has vowed to defend the territory of all of its members. “Ukraine is in a critical situation so there is an urgent need for support,” Stoltenberg said. 

He further said that NATO members will continue to supply heavy weapons and long-range systems to Ukraine. A new package of assistance to Kyiv is likely to be agreed at the summit, he said, adding “We are extremely focused on stepping up support.”

The NATO chief emphasised that the rise in global food prices was “a direct consequence” of the war in Ukraine and not what Moscow claimed – consequence of sanctions on Russia. 

He said, “Export of food and grain from Ukraine is extremely critical. The spike in food and grain prices shows global ramifications of this war. “Russia tries to create a narrative that the spike in grain prices is caused by our sanctions – that’s not correct.”

The secretary-general said international efforts are ongoing to try and lift the Russian blockade of Black Sea ports to allow the export of Ukrainian grain – with Turkey a key player in the negotiations. BBC reported. 

“There are some efforts to get some grain out over land – Nato countries are involved in that,” he added. 

Earlier, UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet warned of a sharp rise in global food insecurity amid war in Ukraine. 

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