Stoltenberg warns the West that Putin's victory will not end in Ukraine
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that partner countries should be ready to support Ukraine even if the news is disappointing. He believes that it is important to demonstrate to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin that he will not be able to "wait out" the West in this war of attrition.
He also once again emphasized the need to increase support for Ukraine and increase the production of ammunition. Stoltenberg said this in an exclusive interview with the German TV channel Das Erste.
He believes that if Putin wins, Ukraine will face a tragedy, but it will also pose a danger to Western countries.
"So it is in our own interest that Ukraine survives," Stoltenberg said.
In addition, the NATO Secretary General noted that partner countries should be prepared for bad news. The course of the war is a dynamic process. He noted that successes may be followed by a number of failures, but this should not be a reason to refuse to support Ukraine.
"We must support Ukraine in good times and bad. The current war is a war of attrition, it is a battle for efficiency, a battle for logistics," explained Stoltenberg.
He noted that although the front line has more or less remained stable over the past few months, Ukraine has managed to strike deep into the enemy's rear with cruise missiles. This included the destruction of Russian planes and helicopters, as well as the displacement of the Russian Black Sea Fleet to the eastern part of the sea.
"This means that we can now keep open the sea trade routes that transport Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea. These are all significant victories, even though they did not succeed in moving the front line," Stoltenberg said.
As a reminder, Germany is dissatisfied with the work of the European Peace Fund (EU fund), from which states receive compensation for military assistance to Ukraine. Germany wants to reduce its contribution to this structure, for example, so that the EFP takes into account the billions of dollars that Berlin has donated to Kyiv on a bilateral basis.