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According to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, his country and its NATO allies are at a critical moment in the security alliance’s history.

He claimed that if Russia ended “its irresponsible war of choice,” the misery in Ukraine would end instantly.

This was stated by the Defense Secretary ahead of a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Thursday.

The summit takes place at a “critical point in the history” of the security alliance, according to Austin.

“We see that now that Finland and Sweden have taken the historic step of applying for NATO membership.

“That’s fantastic. He described them as “strong, capable democracies that share NATO’s essential ideals.”

“We see that now that Finland and Sweden have taken the historic step of applying for NATO membership.

“That’s fantastic. He described them as “strong, capable democracies that share NATO’s essential ideals.”

“In the face of Russia’s illegal, harsh, and indefensible invasion of Ukraine, NATO has come together in recent months.

“To tackle the greatest challenge to European security in decades, we’ll continue to strengthen our alliances.”

“As Ukraine fights itself against Russia’s unwarranted assault,” Austin added, NATO will “continue to adapt our alliance to meet evolving security realities.”

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