NATO chief: "Putin is not planning for peace"

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General

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# 18 February 2023 22:20 (UTC +04:00)

"We must continue and enhance our support for Ukraine," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in his speech at the Munich Security Conference, APA reports.

"Putin is not planning for peace. He is planning for more war. New offensives. And there are no indications he has changed his ambitions," Stoltenberg said.

Stoltenberg said that Russia is mobilizing hundreds of thousands of troops.

"Russia reaching out to other authoritarian regimes, such as Iran and North Korea, to get more weapons. So we must give Ukraine what they need to win and prevail as a sovereign, independent nation in Europe.

Some worry that our support to Ukraine risks triggering escalation. Let me be clear. There are no risk-free options. But, the biggest risk of all is if Putin wins. If Putin wins in Ukraine, the message to him and other authoritarian leaders will be that they can use force to get what they want.This will make the world more dangerous. And us more vulnerable.

So supporting Ukraine is not only the morally right thing to do. It is also in our own security interest," Stoltenberg noted.