Stoltenberg urged not to let Putin win in Ukraine or violence will prevail again
The West cannot allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to win the war against Ukraine. This would mean new aggression and even more violence.
The risks of escalation, which have made some European countries extremely cautious about supplying the Ukrainian army with weapons, pale in comparison to the threats the world will face if Russia wins in Ukraine. This was stated by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with Welt.
He made this statement while commenting on Germany's decision to provide Ukraine with another Patriot system amid Russia's likely increase in attacks on the Ukrainian energy system with the onset of cold weather.
"I welcome Germany's announcement that it will send Ukraine another Patriot air defense system... I understand the concern that our support for Ukraine carries a risk of escalation, but that risk pales in comparison to allowing Putin to win this war. If Putin wins the war in Ukraine, he will most likely resort to violence again," Stoltenberg emphasized.
He emphasized that a powerful air defense system is crucial for saving Ukrainian lives in the face of the fact that Russia could start massive strikes on Ukraine's energy system at any moment.
"We can expect new Russian attacks on the Ukrainian energy system. Air defense is crucial to saving Ukrainian lives," the NATO Secretary-General emphasized.
He also called Berlin's support for Kyiv "resolute".
"The supply of weapons is a national matter. I welcome Germany's strong support for Ukraine," Stoltenberg said.
At the same time, he spoke about the permanent threats of using nuclear weapons coming from Moscow. Stoltenberg doubts that these threats will be realized.
"Russia's nuclear rhetoric is irresponsible, but the risk of Russia using nuclear weapons remains low... Of course, we continue to monitor Russia's activities very closely. NATO is a nuclear alliance, and nuclear deterrence has been working for 75 years," the NATO Secretary-General said.
Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for an end to the war on Ukraine's terms. He is convinced that "Putin must understand that you cannot divide the world map into 'yours' and 'ours'.
It was also reported that Ukraine's ambassador to Germany, Oleksii Makeiev, was outraged that Germany was in no hurry to supply Ukraine with Taurus missiles. He called these missiles "simply necessary for survival."