The NATO secretary general said the Alliance “has not seen any change” in Moscow’s nuclear strategy, warning of the need to be prepared for “more massive destruction” by Russia in the war in Ukraine.
“We must prepare for Russian offensives, more brutality, more anguish and even more massive destruction of critical infrastructure and residential areas,” Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview published this Sunday by the Belgian newspaper “Le Soir”.
Still, he added, “since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24, NATO has not seen any change in Russia’s nuclear strategy,” despite threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin to use such weapons.
“It is our duty to reduce this risk. NATO is the strongest alliance in the world. And our message is clear: after the use of nuclear weapons there would only be losers on all sides”, warned the Norwegian prime minister.
The secretary general of NATO stresses that, “unfortunately”, this war can “last months or even years”.
To “sustainably and successfully repel the Russian invasion”, Kiev needs to “switch to modern Western weapons”, he said.
“Ukraine urgently needs more heavy weapons. The West must step up its deliveries, do even more and prepare for a long-term commitment. We must ensure that Ukraine can defend itself. The courage and bravery of Ukrainian soldiers will not be enough.” . It also requires sustained military support from the West,” Stoltenberg argued.
According to the official, Putin went to war “because he wanted less NATO on his borders”, saying that what he got was “exactly the opposite, that is, more NATO on his borders, more Alliance presence on the eastern flank and possibly two new NATO members (Sweden and Finland).
If Sweden and Finland finally take the step, he continued, “they could quickly integrate” into the Alliance.
Stoltenberg hopes that at the Madrid Summit at the end of June, the leaders of NATO countries will “agree to strengthen the defense” of the Alliance, arguing: “We face the greatest security challenge of this generation”, not only for Russia, but because of terrorism, cyberattacks and the security policy implications of China’s rise.
“NATO’s allies were once enemies, but we managed to build institutions like the Alliance and the European Union on the ruins of the Second World War to avoid war”, he recalled, coinciding with the commemoration of the end of that war on May 8, 1945.
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