“Most wars end in negotiations. But what happens at the negotiating table depends on what happens on the battlefield. Therefore, the best way to increase the chances of a peaceful solution is to support Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said, speaking to NATO foreign ministers.
According to him, NATO will continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes. “We will not back down,” Stoltenberg warned. He explained the waves of missile strikes against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine by saying that “Putin is failing” and “responding with more brutality.”
“Depriving Ukrainians of heat, light and food. This is a terrible beginning of winter for Ukraine. These are also difficult times for the rest of Europe and the world. With the rise in prices for energy and food,” admitted the NATO Secretary General.
However, according to him, if the West allows Putin to win, the price will be higher “for many years to come.” “If Putin and other authoritarian leaders see that force is rewarded, they will again use force to achieve their goals. This would make our world more dangerous,” Stoltenberg said.
NATO is now delivering fuel, medical supplies, winter equipment and drone suppression equipment to Ukraine. The alliance also helps Kyiv to move from Soviet-era military equipment to modern NATO standards and conducts military training for the army. In particular, the alliance trained operators of the NASAMS air defense system. At the same time, Stoltenberg stressed that not a single NATO employee has carried out work on the territory of Ukraine, since the alliance is not a party to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
“We have ways to ensure that [Украина] could use modern advanced systems without deploying NATO personnel inside Ukraine. But specific decisions on specific systems are national decisions,” he commented on Germany’s refusal to Poland’s request to send Patriot systems to Ukraine to protect it from Russian missile attacks.