NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Saturday that with “more modern weapons” the chances of Ukraine expelling Russian troops from Donbas increase.
“The Ukrainians are bravely defending themselves against the Russian invaders. Although the fighting in the Donbas is being waged by Russia with increasing brutality, Ukrainian soldiers are putting up a valiant resistance. With more modern weapons, it increases the probability that Ukraine will be able to expel (Vladimir) Putin’s troops from Donbas again,” Stoltenberg explained in an interview for the German newspaper ‘bild‘.
The political head of NATO assured that the Atlantic Alliance “will continue to support Ukraine in its self-defense”, but has denied a possible interference in the conflict. “We are helping the country, but we will not send NATO soldiers to Ukraine,” she said.
“We secure alliance territory by land, sea, and air. This is a clear message to Moscow so that there are no misunderstandings about our preparation,” Stoltenberg said in the interview.
Former Norwegian Prime Minister recommended fearing Russia for “dangerous and irresponsible”although he stated that there is “no higher level of readiness in the Russian nuclear forces.”
Stoltenberg asked, ahead of the summit in Madrid to be held at the end of June, that NATO stop considering Russia as an ally. “Let us declare that Russia is no longer a partner, but a threat to our security, to peace and stability”, he has sentenced.
Likewise, pointed to China as a challenge to the interests of the countries who are part of the military alliance.
THE ACCESSION OF FINLAND AND SWEDEN
The secretary of the international organization has positioned himself on the side of the Nordic countries in the debate on joining NATO.
“Membership applications are a historic moment that we must take advantage of. Membership would not only strengthen Finland and Sweden, but all of us”, he assured.
However, Stoltenberg explained that Ankara’s concerns are being taken “very seriously” and addressed, as Turkey has “strategic importance between Europe, Russia, Iraq and Syria.”
THE ORDER OF KYIV
The Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelensky, reiterated last week to his Western partners that Ukraine needs modern anti-missile weapons to “clip the wings” of Russian missiles that the current armament of the Ukrainian Armed Forces is not capable of bringing down.
“Ukraine needs modern anti-missile weapons. Our country still does not have it at a sufficient level (…) the delay in its provision cannot be justified. I will constantly emphasize this when speaking with our partners, ”the Ukrainian president detailed in his daily message to the population of Ukraine.
To this end, Zelensky announced that during this week he will hold important talks “not only with European politicians” that they can provide their country with modern anti-missile systems, despite the fact that Russia’s fleet of such missiles is shrinking.
(With information from Europe Press)
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