Russian-Ukrainian war may last for many years, says Stoltenberg

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General

© APA | Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General

# 06 April 2022 18:06 (UTC +04:00)

"First of all, this war must end now, and President Putin ends it by withdrawing its troops and forces, and under stop attacking independent sovereign countries like Ukraine and sit down in good faith and to find a political solution," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, APA reports.

But at the same time, we have to be realistic and realize that this may last for a long time, for many months, or even years.

I also believe that, regardless of when the war ends, this has long term implications for our security. Because we have seen the brutality. We have seen the willingness of President Putin to use military force to reach his objectives.

The invasion of Ukraine was a wake-up call. But that happened in 2014. So we have actually, since 2014, implemented the biggest reinforcements of our collective defense.

So, Nato was actually quite well prepared when Russia invaded Ukraine for the second time, and on the day of the invasion, we activated our defense plans and deployed thousands of additional troops in the eastern part of the alliance.