NATO secretary general reiterates: “Ready to defend every inch of allied territory”
NATO “will continue to stand by Ukraine for as long as necessary. We will not retreat”. This was assured by the secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, speaking at a conference in Bucharest before the Foreign Ministerial, underlining that supporting Kiev in the war unleashed by Russia, he continues, “is in the long-term security interest of NATO”.
“There can be no lasting peace if oppression and autocracy prevail over freedom and democracy. We know that most wars end at the negotiating table, but what happens at the negotiating table is inextricably linked with what happens on the battlefield. So, to create the conditions for a lasting peace that will ensure that Ukraine prevails as an independent and sovereign state, we must continue to provide military support to Ukraine,” he says.
Stoltenberg recalls that the military support of NATO countries to Ukraine “did not start in February of this year. In 2014 in the Yavoriv training center, which was bombed” by the Russians in the early stages of the war, “I saw military Canadians and Americans train Ukrainian military”. And that’s why, when Russia launched the invasion, “Ukrainian troops were much better trained, able to fight back.” NATO “is ready to defend every square inch of allied territory,” he added.