NATO Secretary-General Believes in Backing Ukraine Even If War Takes Long

Thursday, 18 May 2023

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg believes that the West will support Ukraine in the war for as long as necessary, and this support will not waver.

The Secretary-General reiterated that Russian President Vladimir Putin made two major strategic mistakes, invading Ukraine.

"One of them is underestimating the Ukrainians, the Ukrainian people, the armed forces, and the political leadership. But he also underestimated NATO and its partners. I am impressed by the unity and determination of allies and partners in supporting Ukraine. NATO will support Ukraine as long as necessary," Stoltenberg said in an interview with Spiegel, answering about the risks of reduced support for Ukraine if the war prolongs.

"Of course, in 31 democratic countries, there are different voices, different opinions, and listening to them is part of democracy. But I believe that our open societies will realise how dangerous victory for Putin is for freedom, democracy, and pluralism," the Alliance Secretary-General believes.

According to him, if Putin prevails in Ukraine, it will signal that the use of military force allows authoritarian leaders to get what they want.

As reported, Jens Stoltenberg believes that regardless of the decision at the Alliance summit in 2008, where Ukraine did not receive a Membership Action Plan, Russia's attack on Ukraine is an unjustified violation of international law.

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