"The impact of the violence and insecurity caused by Russia and Russian-backed separatists has not been limited to Ukraine. This violence can undermine the safety, stability and well-being of people around the world, as demonstrated by the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH17 in July. NATO supports the sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU), the G7 and others as part of an international effort to address Russia's destabilizing behavior," the document reads.
The NATO Secretary General stated that the alliance must be ready to face further challenges after a "black year" of Russian intervention in Ukraine and terror attacks on Europe's streets, according to The Daily Star.
Russia's increased defense capabilities including the ability to launch snap military exercises on a huge scale were "part of the reason why we have decided to change our defense posture," he said.
He noted that despite economic problems, Moscow has increased its defense budget. "We have seen Russia over a period of many years increase their investment in defense despite financial problems" he said.
"We have seen that Russia is ready to use force," he added, citing Ukraine, and Georgia and Moldova, all former Soviet states which have turned to the West in defiance of Moscow.
Asked about possible contacts with Russia to help ease tensions, Stoltenberg said he was likely to meet Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference next week, even though practical cooperation with Russia had been suspended.