Flow of Western weapons to Ukraine could set conditions for peace, NATO’s Stoltenberg says

1 February, 09:06 PM
Jens Stoltenberg (Photo:REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)

Jens Stoltenberg (Photo:REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)

The supply of weapons to Ukraine constantly affects the situation on the battlefield, and can eventually create conditions for a peace process with Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with Japanese newspaper Nikkei on Feb. 1.

According to Stoltenberg, NATO sees no indication that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin wants peace, meaning the alliance has to be prepared to support Ukraine for a long time.

“This support changes the situation on the battlefield very day,” the official said.

Stoltenberg added that in order to ensure the war ends with Ukraine prevailing as an independent state, military aid to Kyiv must continue.

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“Weapons supplied today could create conditions for a peace process tomorrow,” he concluded.

Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Oleksiy Danilov, recently warned that Moscow is preparing for “maximum escalation” in the coming weeks.

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