Stoltenberg: Russia must not be allowed to win

  • By: Emir Tutic
  • Date: August 10, 2022
  • Time to read: 2 min.

“To prevent Moscow’s victory, NATO and its members should continue to support Ukraine for a long time,” said Jens Stoltenberg, according to Reuters reports. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assessed that the war in Ukraine is the most dangerous moment for Europe since World War II and added that Russia must not be allowed to win.

”It is in our interest that such an aggressive policy fails, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an attack on the world order and NATO must prevent the spread of war on other countries“ said Stoltenberg.

According to him, “what is happening in Ukraine is terrible, but it would be much worse if there was a war between Russia and NATO”.

He said that if Russian President Vladimir Putin is thinking of doing something similar with any member of the alliance to what he did in Georgia, Moldova, or Ukraine, the whole of NATO will immediately get involved.

He believes that members of the European Parliament should provide maximum support to Ukraine “The price we pay as the European Union, as NATO, is a price that we can measure in currency, in money. The price they pay in Ukraine is measured in lives lost every day. We should stop complaining and step up and support, period.” 

Stoltenberg stated that Russia deliberately worsened the food and energy crisis, which “affects billions of people around the world.”

He said that NATO allies will continue to support Ukraine, militarily and financially.

“In the long term, we will help Ukraine transition from Soviet-era equipment to modern NATO equipment, improve interoperability, and further strengthen its defense and security institutions,” Stoltenberg said.

North Macedonia donated 4 fighter jets to Ukraine

Meanwhile, the authorities of North Macedonia donated four Sukhoi 25 fighter jets to the Ukrainian Air Force, Macedonian T-72A tanks and other weapons and military equipment are currently being transported to that country.

According to the Balkan Security Network portal, referring to Macedonian media reports and specialized portals, the transport of four Sukhoi to Ukraine took place back in June, and this action was covered up for political motives, which is why there is no official confirmation.

Local media portals registered that Ukrainian technicians visited the military part of the airport in Skopje, after which the trucks were loaded and transferred via Bulgaria and Romania.

“T-72 tanks loaded on tractor trailers are going along the same route. The Macedonians gave up in favor of the Ukrainian army battalion of 31 tanks. Part of that unit is 10 BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles and a BMP-2K commander’s vehicle. On July 28, a Macedonian politically engaged television presenter posted photos of tanks covered on trailers, but the tracks are visible, on social networks. Faced with clear evidence of secret transportation, the Macedonian Ministry of Defense had to admit that the tanks were donated to Ukraine,” it added.

Emir Tutić

Emir Tutic

Eastern Europe Reporter

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