NATO chief calls for more arms support for Ukraine as its sovereignty is at stake

9 September, 08:29 PM
Jens Stoltenberg (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Jens Stoltenberg (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

If Ukraine stops fighting, it will cease to exist as an independent state, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a briefing on Sept. 9.

He stressed that Ukraine's partners understand this, so they are continuing to help Kyiv.

"If Russia stops fighting, there will be peace,” Stoltenberg said.

“If Ukraine stops fighting, it will cease to exist as an independent nation. So we must stay the course, for Ukraine’s sake and for ours.”

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He also assured that the alliance intends to supply Ukraine with weapons for the long term.

"We’re committed to our partnership with Ukraine for the long term. We will help Ukraine transition from Soviet-era to NATO-standard equipment," Stoltenberg added.

Stoltenberg said on Sept. 8 that Ukraine and its allies are facing a "tough winter" and a "turning point" in the war is approaching.

He also called on the international community not to forget that the price of supporting Ukraine is measured in money for the West, but in lives lost every day for Ukrainians.

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