Jens Stoltenberg: NATO stands ready for conflict in Europe

NATO has warned Moscow to abandon its belligerent foreign policy and co-operate with the West or face a military alliance steeled for conflict on the eve of a week of intense diplomacy aimed at averting a Russian assault on Ukraine….

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary-general, said the US-led defence pact was prepared for “a new armed conflict in Europe” should negotiations fail, as western officials readied for potential discussions with Moscow on reducing the size of military exercises, arms control and a pledge not to deploy US missiles in Ukraine.