NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg believes it is necessary to prepare for bad news from Ukraine. He expressed this opinion in an interview with ARD TV on Saturday.
“We must also be prepared for bad news,” the NATO Secretary-General said in response to a question about whether he feared that the situation in Ukraine would worsen in the future.
“Wars are developing gradually. But we have to support Ukraine through thick and thin,” Stoltenberg said, adding that increasing ammunition production is vital.
At the same time, he admitted that NATO countries were unable to meet their growing demand. The Secretary-General believes that Ukraine is going through a “critical situation.”
However, he did not answer the question about how the administration in Kiev would act in such a situation. “I will leave it to the Ukrainians and military commanders to make these difficult operational decisions,” Stoltenberg noted.
“I think one of the problems we have to deal with is the fragmentation of the European defense industry,” he stressed, adding that it is about self-interest and jobs in the industry.
As an example, the NATO Secretary General mentioned ammunition production, which is currently receiving particular attention given Ukraine’s significant needs. According to him, it is important not to allow increased demand to only lead to higher prices.
Referring to the situation on the front, Stoltenberg said that there had been no significant developments in recent months. Avoid anticipating further developments. The Secretary-General said: “Wars are, by their nature, unpredictable,” adding, “But we know that the more we support Ukraine, the faster the war will end.”
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