If Ukraine falls, NATO will have to fight Russia — Secretary Austin

Lloyd Austin
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NATO will likely have to directly engage with Russian aggressive expansion if Moscow emerges victorious in the war against Ukraine, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at a congressional hearing on Feb. 29.

During the hearing in the House of Representatives, Austin stated, “Putin won’t stop with Ukraine; he will continue to push forward and attack the sovereign territory of his neighbors.”

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He noted the concerns of the Baltic nations about the Russian threat and their understanding of what to expect from Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

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“If you are in the Baltics, you’re very concerned you might be next,” the secretary said.

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“They understand Putin and his capabilities. And frankly, if Ukraine falls, I genuinely believe NATO will be fighting Russia.”

Previously, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had said that Russia would invade Baltic states, Moldova, and some Balkan countries if Putin manages to "survive politically."

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