Allies must maintain at least EUR 40bn a year in Ukraine aid – Stoltenberg

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NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said that Allies have provided approximately EUR 40 billion worth of military support to Ukraine each year and must maintain at least this level of support each year, for as long as necessary.

“Let me be clear. Self-defense is not escalation. Self-defense is a fundamental right. It is enshrined in the UN Charter. Ukraine has the right, and the responsibility, to protect its people. And we have the right to help Ukraine uphold its right to self-defense,” Stoltenberg said. “russia is striking hospitals, schools, and shopping malls. russia is bombing power and water infrastructure. russia is killing Ukrainian civilians. Ukraine is defending itself from appalling russian brutality,” he added.

We all want to stop this war. But the paradox is that the better we prepare for the long haul, the sooner the war can end. russia must understand that it cannot wait us out, Stoltenberg said.

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