We do not seek conflict with Russia but we are ready for it, US says

BRUSSELS, March 4 (Reuters) – NATO will defend all its allies and territory against a Russian attack, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday, as he arrived for a meeting of the alliance’s foreign ministers in Brussels.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, before a NATO foreign ministers meeting amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium March 4, 2022. REUTERS / Yves Herman / Pool

“Ours is a defensive alliance. We seek no conflict. But if conflict comes to us we are ready for it and we will defend every inch of NATO territory,” he told reporters, while condemning what he called Russian attacks on civilians in Ukraine.

“And overnight, we’ve also seen reports about the attack against a nuclear power plant. This just demonstrates the recklessness of this war and the importance of ending it and the importance of Russia withdrawing all its troops and engaging in good faith in diplomatic efforts. . “

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Reporting by Simon Lewis, Sabine Siebold and Bart Meijjer; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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