The general secretary of the NATO, Jens Stoltenbergaffirmed this Thursday that the Member States of the Alliance and the partner countries have delivered to Ukraine “more than 98%” of combat vehicles that they had promised him to deal with the Russian invasion.
“NATO allies and partners have provided Ukraine with a unprecedented support. More than 98% of the combat vehicles promised to Ukraine have already been delivered,” he said. stoltenberg at a press conference with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettlewith whom he met today in Brussels.
The Norwegian politician explained that the percentage translates into “more than 1,550 armored vehicles, 230 tanks and other equipment, including vast amounts of ammunition.”
Stoltenberg specified that this support has been provided through the contact group to support Ukraine which leads USA.
He added that he has trained and equipped “more than nine new armored brigades” ukrainian.
“This will put Ukraine in a strong position to continue retaking occupied territory”said the Nordic politician.
Influenced that the allied countries have handed over to kyiv equipment, weapon systems and “large amounts of ammunition” and that they continue to provide it.
“Of course, we should never underestimate Russia because what the Russian forces lack in quality, they try to make up for in amount. And we see that Russia continues to mobilize more personnel, ”she expressed.
He noted that around Bakhmut it has been seen that Moscow “is willing to send thousands and thousands of troops with very high casualty rates, but, of course, it continues to challenge the Ukrainian troops as well.”
Stoltenberg recalled that last week he visited kyiv and stressed that the NATO will stand together with Ukraine”as long as it takes”.
“We must stay the course and continue to give Ukraine what it needs to prevail,” he said.
He stated that at the NATO leaders’ summit to be held in Vilnius In July, the Alliance plans to strengthen its support for kyiv with a “multi-year support programme.”
He added that they will also continue “strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defense capability” and that they will deal with military investment because “in a more dangerous world, we must invest more and better in our defense”.
It is expected that in the Lithuanian capital the leaders of the allied countries will set a new military spending target. This goal will replace the one agreed in 2014 at the Welsh summit, where the allies promised to move forward in order to allocate 2% of their respective GDP to military spending.
(With information from AFP)
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