Photo: Jens Stoltenberg/from open sources
The war between Russia and Ukraine could drag on for years. Despite this, we cannot weaken our support for Kyiv.
This was said by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with the German publication Bild.
"We must be prepared for the fact that it (the war – ed.) can last for years. We must not weaken our support for Ukraine, even if the costs are high – not only for military assistance, but also because of rising energy and food prices. At the same time, this cannot be compared with the price that Ukrainians have to pay, who give many lives every day. And if Putin concludes from this war that he can simply continue, as he did after the war in Georgia in 2008 and the annexation of Crimea in 2014, then we will pay a much higher price,– said Stoltenberg.
He also said that if Kyiv receives modern weapons, the likelihood increases that “Ukraine will again be able to oust Putin's troops from the Donbass.”
” ;NATO will continue to support Ukraine in its self-defense, but will not become a party to the conflict. We help Kyiv, but we will not send our soldiers to Ukraine”, – Stoltenberg once again noted.
He also added that NATO has strengthened its defense, bringing the number of troops under NATO command to 40,000 .
"We secure Alliance territory on land, at sea and in the air. This is a clear signal to Moscow so that it does not have misunderstanding about our readiness for defense”, – summed up Stoltenberg.
Earlier, BAGNET reported, according to international researchers, the war in Ukraine may turn into a frozen conflict with the Russian Federation, which will last more than a decade.
Prepared by: Sergey Daga