Stoltenberg: We Must Strengthen the Ukrainian Army,a Russian Victory Will Weaken NATO

"We must continue to give the Ukrainians the weapons they need to remain strong on the battlefield, so that tomorrow they can be strong at the negotiating table," Stoltenberg said

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Stoltenberg: We Must Strengthen the Ukrainian Army,a Russian Victory Will Weaken NATO
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A potential Russian victory in the conflict in Ukraine threatens to weaken NATO as an alliance, said NATO Secretary General at a press conference in Berlin. According to him, Russia's victory in Ukraine would not only be a tragedy for Kyiv, but would also pose a risk for NATO, as it would make it vulnerable, reports Tas.

"We must continue to give the Ukrainians the weapons they need to remain strong on the battlefield, so that tomorrow they can be strong at the negotiating table," Stoltenberg added. He stated that it is in NATO's best interest to continue supporting Ukraine.

"Military support to Ukraine should bring a long-term and just solution to the crisis closer," Stoltenberg said when asked about the risks of reducing aid to Ukraine as the conflict drags on. Today, Stoltenberg met with German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius and thanked him for his leadership in the transformation of the Bundeswehr and for Germany's large share in strengthening NATO's defense, NATO announced.

Underlining the evolving landscape of German defense policy, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg lauded the country's commitment to augmenting defense spending. Emphasizing the necessity of a robust Bundeswehr, he articulated the importance of Germany's dedication to investing two percent of its GDP in defense by the coming year.

Stoltenberg welcomed this clear commitment, highlighting its role in ensuring a formidable and prepared Bundeswehr capable of effectively contributing to the core strength of the NATO alliance. "This reflects German responsibility and German leadership," he added.

In a crucial meeting, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg engaged with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during his visit to Berlin. Acknowledging Stoltenberg's significant role in fostering transatlantic relations, the American Academy in Berlin will honor him with the prestigious "Henry A.

Kissinger" award for his impactful contributions, as per the official press release from the Alliance. This recognition further underscores Stoltenberg's dedication to strengthening ties and promoting collaborative efforts on the international stage.

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