NATO chief urges alliance states to ramp up weapons production to continue support for Ukraine

21 November 2022, 03:45 PM
NATO head says alliance paying in money for defense against Russia, while Ukraine pays in blood (Photo:Yves Herman/Reuters)

NATO head says alliance paying in money for defense against Russia, while Ukraine pays in blood (Photo:Yves Herman/Reuters)

NATO has exhausted a significant portion of its stockpiles of weapons and ammunition and must increase production to further support Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with CBC published on Nov. 20.

He said that alliance members should be prepared to support Kyiv over the long term.

Stoltenberg also added that NATO countries should be ready to pay a certain price in the form of higher energy costs and other economic consequences to support Ukraine in the fight against Russia.

"We have to remember that the price we pay is measured in money and the price Ukraine is paying is measured in in lives, in blood, every day, and it's our obligation to support them," NATO chief said.

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Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, NATO states have been providing military assistance to Ukraine by transferring military equipment and ammunition.

At the end of October, Stoltenberg said that NATO needs to increase the supply of everything for Ukrainians to be able to fight through the winter.

Stoltenberg said that the weapons systems supplied by NATO allies and partners have already had a huge impact. It was one of the reasons why Russia was unable to achieve air superiority and control over Ukraine's airspace, he said.

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