European security can only be ensured with, not in defiance of, Russia, the German chancellor told MPs ahead of the NATO summit in Warsaw. Merkel claimed the bloc’s Eastern European build-up near Russian borders was of a "defensive nature."
“There is an agreement among our partners and the [NATO] alliance, and we are united on this, that long-lasting security can only be ensured in cooperation with, not in defiance of, Russia,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, speaking to MPs on Thursday.
The chancellor’s parliamentary speech comes ahead of the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw. It is expected to green-light deployment of more troops and military infrastructure in Eastern Europe to counter what the bloc’s leadership continues to call “Russian assertiveness.”