NATO voices issues over Russian army presence in MENA area


Russia’s growing army presence within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) area is a matter of “great concern” for NATO, its Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated on Thursday, stressing that the alliance is “monitoring closely” Moscow’s actions. 
“We have seen the presence of fighter jets and mercenaries financed by Russia and all the Russian military capabilities,” Stoltenberg stated in response to a query about Russia’s army build-up within the area.
He added that Russia’s efforts to spice up its army presence lengthen past the MENA, as in addition they reach the Baltic area and the Black Sea in addition to to the High North. He confused that Moscow’s strikes is the explanation behind NATO’s elevated readiness of its forces and behind its superior investments in new capabilities. 
“This is also the reason why … we are adapting NATO in response also to a more assertive Russia, which is investing heavy in new military equipment and also increasing its military presence along our borders, including in North Africa and in Libya,” Stoltenberg stated. 
When it involves Libya specifically, the NATO chief reiterated the alliance’s assist to the efforts led by the United Nations, for a political, negotiated answer to the disaster within the nation, while welcoming the announcement for a ceasefire. 
“We stand ready to provide support when the conditions on the ground, permit. Because we strongly believe that what we need is a political solution, and support the UN recognized Government,” of Fayez al-Sarraj, the chief of the worldwide recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). 
Stoltenberg’s feedback adopted a gathering with President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani on the organisation’s headquarters in Brussels on Thursday.