NATO warns war in Ukraine could drag on for years

NATO warns war in Ukraine could drag on for years

A building destroyed by the attacks in Chernigov, northern Ukraine / AP

BERLIN

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned that it is necessary to be ready for the war in Ukraine to possibly last “years”, according to statements he made in an interview with the Sunday edition of the German newspaper “Bild”.

Although the costs for Europe are high, he pointed out in reference to the rise in energy prices and military support for kyiv, it would be even more “expensive” to let Russia draw the lesson that it can continue along the same path as after annexation. of Crimea in 2014.

Stoltenberg admitted that the fight for the Donbas (industrial region of eastern Ukraine) is becoming increasingly “brutal” on the part of Russia, but indicated that the Ukrainian soldiers fight with “courage” and that “with more modern weapons” it increases. the possibility that they can expel the enemy from that region as well.

Still, he made it clear that the allies will not send their own soldiers to fight in the war to avoid becoming part of the conflict.

Asked about a possible nuclear war, the NATO chief pointed out that the alliance has not detected a higher level of alert in this area of ​​​​the Russian armed forces, but described the Kremlin’s “saber noise” as “dangerous”. “Putin must know that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never break out,” he stressed.

In reference to the new strategic document that the Atlantic alliance will adopt at the next summit in Madrid, Stoltenberg stressed that it will include that Russia “is a threat to our security, peace and stability.” It will also be said that the rise of China “is a challenge to our interests, our values ​​and our security,” he said.

On the accession of Sweden and Finland, the head of NATO indicated that he would not only strengthen those two countries, but the alliance as a whole, but said he understood Turkey, which for the moment has vetoed the process.

Likewise, he underlined the strategic importance of having Turkey as a partner in the alliance and asserted that “no NATO country has suffered so much from terrorism”, referring to the action of the armed group Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), classified as a terrorist in the European Union (EU). Sweden and Finland have traditionally granted asylum to Kurdish rights activists whom Turkey describes as terrorists and are reluctant to sell weapons to Ankara after it invaded northern Syria in 2018. (EFE)

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