The Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, rejected Russia’s threats to use nuclear weapons, stressing that they do not affect either the Alliance’s support for Ukraine or its right to liberate occupied territories. He said this at a press conference on September 30, 2022.
“Because if we accepted that the annexation by Russia and the nuclear sabre-rattling, actually, deterred us from supporting Ukraine, then we accept nuclear blackmailing, then we accept that by threatening of using nuclear weapons, authoritarian powers like Russia can achieve exactly what they want: to take control over a neighbour, Ukraine, and then deter us from supporting Ukraine in their absolute sovereign right to defend themselves against an aggressor. A right, which is actually enshrined in the UN Charter.”
In addition, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the Alliance states would never recognize any of the Ukrainian territories annexed by Russia as a part of the Russian Federation.
“This is the largest attempted annexation of European territory by force since the Second World War. NATO Allies do not, and will not, recognize any of this territory as part of Russia. We call on all states to reject Russia’s blatant attempts at territorial conquest. These lands are Ukraine. Donetsk is Ukraine. Luhansk is Ukraine. Kherson is Ukraine. Zaporizhzhia is Ukraine. Just like Crimea is Ukraine.”
NATO is not part of the conflict but provides support to Ukraine so that it can realize its right to self-defense.