NATO Secretary General says Russia’s military operation in Ukraine is not going as planned and believes Kyiv will prevail.
“Russia’s military operation in Ukraine is not going as planned by Moscow. They have no control over Kyiv, they are withdrawing from Kharkov and the momentum of their advance in Donbass has stalled. Russia is not achieving its strategic goals. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters after an informal meeting of foreign ministers of the alliance’s countries on March 15.
According to Stoltenberg, the main topic of the foreign ministers’ meeting was “the strong support for Ukraine, the further strengthening of NATO’s deterrence and defense capabilities and the long-term effects of the Russian military campaign, including the future attitude of the alliance towards Russia.
“Ukraine can win. Ukrainians are bravely defending their homeland,” Stoltenberg said, adding that arms shipments and other support from supporters made “a real difference on the battlefield.” “Therefore, the bloc should continue to support Ukraine.
During a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain in June, members will make “major decisions” including measures to strengthen the bloc’s deterrence, the Secretary-General revealed.
Meanwhile, Russia insists it will meet all its destinations in Ukraine and will not change its planned route. In a TV program aired on May 14, Russian ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov stressed that “we will never give up or back down”.
Earlier this month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia’s “military operation” in Ukraine was going “as planned.” Moscow has also repeatedly warned the West not to continue pumping arms into Ukraine because “it will only prolong the conflict and cause long-term problems,” and considers foreign arms on Ukrainian territory a legitimate target.
After Russia launched a special military operation to “demilitarize and defascize Ukraine,” Finland and Sweden decided to consider the possibility of joining NATO, abandoning long-standing policy of not forming a military alliance. The President and Prime Minister of Finland confirmed on May 15 that the country would join NATO, calling it a historic decision that ushered in a new era, while most member states welcomed the move.
Huyen Le (Corresponding Reuters, rt)