NATO will not allow putin to win the war he started against Ukraine and will provide assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces for as long as it takes, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was cited as saying by ukrinform.net.
“We cannot allow president putin to win. That would be a disaster, a tragedy for Ukrainians, but it would also make us, NATO Allies, more vulnerable. Because then the lesson learned from Ukraine for president putin is that he can achieve his goals by using military force,” Stoltenberg said.
He recalled that the war did not start in February this year but in 2014, when putin illegally annexed Crimea and started to control the eastern part of Donbas. “What happened in February was a full-scale escalation, a full-scale war, a war of aggression by russia against Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said.
“[We have] to maximize the likelihood for an outcome which is acceptable for Ukraine and to minimize the time before we get there. Because the stronger Ukraine is on the battlefield, the more likely it is that we’ll have a political solution that ensures that Ukraine prevails as a sovereign independent nation in Europe,” he said.