L’NATO is preparing for a long-lasting conflict in Ukraine. The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said in an interview published on Sunday by the German daily Picturethat the war could last “for years”.
“We have to be prepared for this to last for years”, said Jens Stoltenberg, “we must not waver in supporting Ukraine, even if the costs are high, not only in terms of military support , but also because of rising energy and food prices”. These costs are nothing compared to that paid daily by the Ukrainians at the front, judged the head of the Atlantic Alliance.
In addition, if Russian President Vladimir Putin were to achieve his goals in Ukraine, as in the annexation of Crimea in 2014, “then we would have to pay an even greater price”, judged Jens Stoltenberg.
In this context, he urged the countries of the alliance to continue their arms deliveries to kyiv. “With additional modern weapons, the likelihood of Ukraine being able to repel the troops of [Vladimir] Donbass Putin would increase,” he assured. This region of eastern Ukraine is now partly under the control of Russian soldiers.