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NATO Chief: Russia Must Not Win Its War In Ukraine

  • NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says that the situation in Ukraine is the most dangerous conflict in Europe since WWII.
  • Stoltenberg went on to say that Russia must not be permitted to win its war against Ukraine.
  • The NATO chief added, "what happens in Ukraine is terrible but it would be much worse if there was a war between Russia and NATO."

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says Russia must not be permitted to win in the war it launched against Ukraine, which has given rise to the most dangerous moment for Europe since World War II.

Speaking in Norway on August 4, Stoltenberg said the alliance and its member countries may have to continue to support Ukraine with arms and other assistance for a long time in order to keep Russia from succeeding after it launched its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

"It's in our interest that this type of aggressive policy does not succeed," Stoltenberg said.

"This is the most dangerous situation in Europe since World War II," he said, adding, "what happens in Ukraine is terrible but it would be much worse if there was a war between Russia and NATO."

Stoltenberg then reaffirmed the alliance's resolve to defend all its 30 member countries.

"If (Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin even thinks of doing something similar to a NATO country as he has done to Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine, then all of NATO will be involved immediately," Stoltenberg said.

The war has led previously nonaligned Finland and Sweden to seek NATO membership, with the request so far ratified by 23 of the 30 member states, including the United States.

"This is not just an attack on Ukraine, an independent democratic nation with more than 40 million people, it's also an attack on our values and the world order we want," the NATO chief said of the war.

Following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, the two traditionally neutral Nordic countries, Finland, which shares a border of more than 1,000 kilometers with Russia, and Sweden applied to join NATO as soon as possible.

Under the fast-track admission process, the U.S. Senate voted 95-1 in favor of the two countries' membership on August 3, making the United States the 23rd of the 30 NATO countries to formally endorse the move so far, after Italy approved it earlier this week.

According to a NATO list, seven member countries have yet to formally agree: the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and Turkey.

Only Turkey has raised a challenge, demanding the intensification of work on extraditing dozens of government opponents it labels "terrorists" from both countries in exchange for its support.

Turkey has said that a special committee would meet Finnish and Swedish officials this month to assess whether the two nations are complying with its conditions.

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  • Kris Poole on August 04 2022 said:
    Another delusional warmonger. Stoltenberg - how are those peace negotiations with Russia going? At the end of September, Russia will conquer half of the Ukraine territory, and Ukrainian army will be decimated. Sending more arms is good for the black market profiteers. These arms courtesy of American and European taxpayers will help to proliferate more conflicts around the globe, more terrorism. Never ending conflicts, wars on terror with no end in sight. This is what Industrial Military Complex is calling the perfect business model. How about the climate change agenda Mr. Stoltenberg? Did you get NATO and U.S. to purchase carbon credits to offset the carbon emissions from this war? This is going to set back your climate agenda for years to come. But again, who cares about climate, when you have to fight for such a great cause.
  • Mamdouh Salameh on August 04 2022 said:
    NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says that the situation in Ukraine is the most dangerous conflict in Europe since WWII and that Russia must not be permitted to win its war against Ukraine.

    However, when the history of the Ukraine conflict is eventually written, history and historians will judge the United States and NATO very harshly as the real provokers of the conflict. The conflict could have been totally avoided if the US--led NATO agreed to address Russian security concerns vis-à-vis NATO’s encroaching towards Russia’s borders in a statesman-like manner. Instead, the United States and NATO have been arming Ukraine to the teeth since 2014.

    The Ukraine war is the United States’ war on Russia and by extension China. Its war aims are to weaken Russia as a credible and rising superpower under President Putin, slow down the transformation of the World Order from a unipolar system led by the US to a multipolar system and sow dissent between China and Russia in an attempt to undermine their strategic alliance.

    Russia is already winning in Ukraine and won’t stop the conflict until its security concerns are accepted and respected.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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