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NATO Secretary General: Putin’s warfare purpose not achievable

"President Putin has lost Ukraine forever"says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.  Photo: Federico Gambarini/dpa

“President Putin has lost Ukraine forever,” says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. photograph

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With its warfare of aggression in opposition to Ukraine, Russia desires to forestall the nation from changing into a member of NATO. Will Moscow obtain its purpose? The NATO Secretary General has a solution.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assumes that Russia can now not obtain its warfare targets in Ukraine regardless of main army efforts. The goal of the invasion ordered by President Vladimir Putin was to forestall Ukraine from shifting in the direction of NATO and the European Union, he mentioned in an interview with the German Press Agency shortly earlier than Christmas. After nearly two years of warfare, Ukraine is now nearer to NATO and the EU than ever earlier than.

“President Putin has lost Ukraine forever,” mentioned Stoltenberg, noting that Russia noticed Ukraine as a part of its sphere of affect for many years. This is a serious strategic defeat for Russia. He is completely sure that Ukraine will in some unspecified time in the future obtain its purpose of becoming a member of NATO.

Stoltenberg additionally identified that Russia is paying an enormously excessive worth for its warfare. The nation has already misplaced lots of of plane and 1000’s of tanks and 300,000 troopers have been killed or wounded. As a results of the warfare, inflation elevated and dwelling requirements fell. Russia can also be extra politically remoted than earlier than.

No signal of coverage change

At the identical time, Stoltenberg warned in opposition to counting on a fast finish to the warfare in view of the developments and in opposition to believing that Putin will change course after his anticipated re-election on March seventeenth. “We have no signs that Putin will change his goals and his policies,” mentioned the previous Norwegian prime minister. “He will continue to try to occupy more territories.”

From Stoltenberg’s viewpoint, because of this NATO and the 31 member states should proceed to assist Ukraine resolutely. “The Ukrainians have shown that they are able to defend themselves, to defend themselves, especially when they receive weapons from Germany and many other NATO countries,” he mentioned.

Stoltenberg appeals to the allies

Specifically, Stoltenberg referred to as on the Allies to look at whether or not extra army tools could possibly be made accessible to Ukraine by adjustments to present agreements with third international locations. “Overall, we need to ramp up our production to better help Ukraine and better protect ourselves,” he mentioned.

It had beforehand turn into obvious that the EU plans to ship a million artillery shells to Ukraine by spring 2024 would fail. One purpose for that is that it’s estimated that not less than 40 % of manufacturing is at the moment exported to 3rd international locations. The query is definitely whether or not we have to export as a lot to 3rd international locations as we at the moment do, mentioned Stoltenberg.

No recommendation on mobilization

In the interview, Norwegian didn’t need to touch upon the discussions concerning the doable mobilization of extra troopers in Ukraine. “I will be careful not to give President Zelensky any advice on how best to conduct the war,” he mentioned. “Nobody knows the need for soldiers better than the Ukrainians.”

In the interview, Stoltenberg solely briefly commented on his deliberate departure from the workplace of Secretary General subsequent autumn and the appliance of the outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to be his successor. “Mark is a friend and he is a capable prime minister with a lot of experience. (…) But it is not for me to make a recommendation about who should succeed me,” mentioned the 64-year-old.

The Trump state of affairs

With a view to Donald Trump’s doable return to the White House after the presidential election within the USA, Stoltenberg was comparatively relaxed. “I am confident that the United States will remain committed to the transatlantic partnership – regardless of who is elected president,” he mentioned. NATO makes the United States safer and stronger. No different main energy on the planet, neither Russia nor China, has something similar to what the United States has with NATO.