Kremlin: We are following the NATO summit in Washington with maximum attention

The Kremlin announced about the NATO summit in Washington: "The alliance considers Russia an enemy"

by Sededin Dedovic
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Kremlin: We are following the NATO summit in Washington with maximum attention
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The Kremlin today claimed that Ukrainian anti-aircraft fire, not a Russian missile, hit a children's hospital in Kyiv on Monday. "We do not carry out attacks on civilian targets," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters.

The Ukrainian Security Service stated that a Russian missile, the "Kh-101 Kalibr," struck the hospital, and parts of the missile with serial numbers and guidance system components were found at the impact site. Peskov stated that the Russian Ministry of Defense has ruled out any possibility of targeting civilian objects and attributed the incident to a malfunction of the anti-missile defense system.

"We are targeting critical infrastructure objects and military targets associated with the military potential of the Kyiv regime," Peskov said. The Kremlin announced it would "closely monitor" the NATO summit starting today in Washington, as the Alliance considers Russia "its enemy." "It is an alliance that considers Russia its enemy, its opponent.

An alliance that has repeatedly openly stated that its goal is to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia on the battlefield," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. He added that Moscow will closely monitor the discussions and decisions made during the summit.

Leaders of NATO member countries, now expanded to 32 members including Finland and Sweden since Russia's 2022 attack on Ukraine, are meeting in Washington from July 9 to 11 amidst political uncertainty ahead of the U.S. presidential elections in November.

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NATO's ranks have grown since the signing of the Washington Agreement 75 years ago - to 32 countries, with Sweden joining this year, concerned about increasingly aggressive Russia.

The United States is the most powerful member. It spends much more on defense than any other ally and far surpasses its partners in terms of military strength.

What is NATO doing to help Ukraine?

While most allies believe Russia could pose an existential threat to Europe, NATO itself does not arm Ukraine.

As an organization, NATO does not possess any weapons. Collectively, the alliance provides only undisputed support - fuel, food, medical supplies and body armor, as well as equipment to combat drones or explosives. However, members individually or collectively send weapons.

NATO is helping Ukrainian Armed Forces transition from Soviet military doctrine to modern thinking. It also assists in strengthening Ukraine's defense and security institutions. In Washington, NATO leaders will approve a new plan to coordinate equipment deliveries to Ukraine and train its Armed Forces.

Leaders will reaffirm the vow that Ukraine will one day become a member of the alliance, but not while the war continues. The three-day summit, starting Tuesday, will focus on ways to ensure NATO's enduring support for Ukraine and provide hope to its war-weary citizens that their country can survive Europe's largest land conflict in decades.

Much of what NATO can do for Ukraine, and indeed for global security, is often misunderstood.

Why is NATO deploying more troops on its European borders?

While some allies have not ruled out sending military personnel to Ukraine, NATO itself has no plans to do so.

However, a key part of allies' commitment to defending each other is to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin or any other adversary from launching attacks. Finland and Sweden recently joined NATO precisely because of these concerns.

With the war entering its third year, NATO currently has 500,000 military personnel on high alert to counter any attack, whether on land, sea, air, or cyberspace. The alliance has doubled the number of combat groups along its eastern border, bordering Russia and Ukraine.

Allies conduct military exercises almost continuously. One of them this year, Steadfast Defender, involved about 90,000 soldiers operating across Europe.

Isn't the hardest job on the US?

Due to high U.S. military spending over many years, the U.S.

Armed Forces benefit not only from a larger number of soldiers and superior weapons, but also from significant transportation and logistical resources. However, other allies are beginning to spend more. After years of cuts, NATO members committed to increase their national defense budgets in 2014, when Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

The goal was for each ally to allocate up to two percent of gross domestic product to defense within a decade. A year ago, as the end of the war is not in sight, they agreed that two percent would be the minimum spending threshold, not the maximum.

It is expected that a record 23 countries will be close to that amount this year, compared to just three ten years ago, according to RFE. The Russians are aware of this fact, so it is not surprising that the Kremlin spokesman said that they will closely monitor the development of the situation at the NATO summit in Washington, because the main topic of the summit will of course be Ukraine.

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