He did not detail what action the defense alliance would take, but warned: “I can guarantee that NATO is ready to respond proportionately.”
NATO is a “defensive alliance, but it is also a nuclear alliance”, he explained. If Russia uses “chemical weapons or other types of high-end systems against Ukraine, it will fundamentally change the nature of the war Mr. Putin has waged against Ukraine.”
Fear of Russia using far more terrifying weapons grew as Vladimir Putin fumed about an operation he thought could be completed quickly.
“Mr. Putin probably believed in his own post-imperial fantasies, thinking that Ukrainians would welcome them with open arms,” Geoană said.
“In fact, they encountered very fierce resistance. We are convinced that today, even with reinforcements still arriving in Ukraine, Russia does not have the forces and the capacity to occupy the whole of Ukraine,” he added.
Until there is a resolution, “we hope Mr. Putin will not go even further down the path of war crimes, and even more devastation against a sovereign nation,” Geoană said.