NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday said Russia must choose between a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Ukraine or face economic sanctions from the West.
Stoltenberg made the declaration at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Brussels.
He said that Russia would also face an increased military presence of NATO forces in the alliance’s eastern countries.
“Russia has a choice: they can either choose a diplomatic solution and we’re ready to sit down, but if they choose confrontation, they will pay a higher price.
“There will be economic sanctions. There will be an increased NATO military presence in the eastern part of the alliance, and the UK is really an important part of that,’’ he said.