NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson held a joint press conference on the latest developments in the United Kingdom. According to Stoltenberg and Johnson, there are very clear indications that Russia should be held responsible for this incident, poisoning the former double spy Skripal and his daughter. NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said the following during the press conference:
“The attack in Salisbury was the first use of a nerve agent on Alliance territory. It showed total disrespect for human lives. And the attack was an unacceptable breach of international norms and rules. NATO Allies have been united in condemning this attack. And they have offered their support to the ongoing investigation.
Russia’s response so far has demonstrated a clear disregard for international peace and security. We continue to call on Russia to provide complete disclosure of the Novichok programme to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. And we welcome the UK’s cooperation with the OPCW in the investigation of this horrendous attack.
The attack in Salisbury comes at the background of a pattern of reckless behaviour of Russia and NATO is responding to this pattern of behaviour.
We have seen the illegal annexation of Crimea, violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We have seen Russia’s continued efforts to destabilise Eastern Ukraine. And we have seen that Russia continues to interfere in our democratic political processes and undermine our democratic institutions. We have seen different types of hybrid tactics including cyber attacks.
NATO’s approach to Russia is firm, defensive and proportionate. It combines strong deterrence and defence with openness to a meaningful dialogue.
So Foreign Secretary, thank you once again for coming here. Russia will continue to seek to divide us. But NATO Allies stand united. And we stand in solidarity with the UK.”