During the Russian aggression against Ukraine, one of the tasks of the North Atlantic Alliance is to support Kyiv.
According to Ukrinform, this declared NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaking on the Norwegian island of Utøya.
“NATO has two tasks in this conflict. Support Ukraine. And prevent the conflict from escalating into a full-scale war between NATO and Russia. We support Ukraine’s right to self-defense. This right is enshrined in international law. The Ukrainian people showed great courage throughout the war,” he said.
According to Stoltenberg, NATO has a moral obligation to support Ukraine.
“Ukraine is an independent country with more than 40 million people who are unjustifiably subjected to a brutal war of conquest. We are seeing hostilities, civilian attacks and destruction not seen since World War II. We cannot be indifferent to this,” the Secretary General added.
He noted that the price paid by the West for the consequences of Russian aggression against Ukraine cannot be compared with the price paid by Ukraine itself on a daily basis.
“We are paying the price for supporting Ukraine. For military, humanitarian and financial support. For the sanctions that led to rising inflation and rising prices in our countries. But remember, the price we pay can be measured in money. The price Ukraine pays is measured in human lives. Every day, hundreds of dead and wounded,” said Stoltenberg.
As Ukrinform reported, President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, stated that Ukraine needs to get more heavy weapons more quickly in order to successfully repel Russian attacks and launch a counteroffensive.