NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that Russia’s attacks on Ukraine are a serious moment for security in Europe. But Stoltenberg did not say whether the Alliance would take any concrete action against Russia. Stoltenberg said Russian leaders would be held accountable for their actions and for the lives lost.
“We have a war in Europe, of a scale and type that we thought belonged to history. This unjustified and unprovoked attack on Ukraine endangers the lives of many people. “This is a deliberate and cold-blooded invasion that has been planned for a long time,” Stoltenberg said.
The same was said by US President Joe Biden in the first reaction after the attacks. The United States and its allies will impose “severe sanctions” on Russia. During a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Biden, he briefed him on the steps Washington would take against Russia, including a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council and a meeting with leaders of the group of seven most developed countries.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also announced sanctions, urging Russia to withdraw its troops and respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
“The purpose of this package will be the strategic sectors of the Russian economy by blocking their access to key technologies and markets.” “We will weaken Russia’s economic base and its capacity for modernization,” said Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission.
The German chancellor called the Russian attack a war on Vladimir Putin.
“Putin brings suffering and destruction to his neighbors, violates the sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, endangers the lives of innocent people in Ukraine. He threatens the peaceful order of our continent. There is no justification for this. “This is Putin’s war,” said Olaf Scholz, Germany’s chancellor.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he opposes a Russian military operation. The Turkish Foreign Ministry called on the Russian Federation to immediately end this illegal act.
“Russia’s attack on Ukraine has annulled the Minsk agreements, violated international law and is unacceptable. “The attack is a serious blow to regional peace and stability,” Erdogan said.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry also commented on the Russian attacks, saying that the issue of Ukraine is historically complex, expressing confidence that the parties concerned would not close the door to peace and engage in dialogue and consultation to prevent further escalation.