NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg pledged Thursday to continue providing support to Kiev, but indicated that the alliance would remain cautious and “we will not be dragged into Putin’s war in Ukraine.”
“NATO is not a party to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, and we will not be dragged into (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s war in Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said, in a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz after their meeting in the German capital, Berlin.
The NATO Secretary-General accused “President Putin of bombing civilian and energy infrastructure in Ukraine with the aim of freezing Ukrainians, starving them, and forcing them into submission.”
Stoltenberg added, “Putin is using winter as a weapon … and we cannot allow him to win.”
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And he added, “At this critical moment, our continued support for Ukraine is more important than ever.”
Stoltenberg also thanked the German government for its financial and military support to Ukraine.
He concluded by saying, “Germany is among the allies that provide most of the military, financial and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, and the military equipment provided by Germany protects Ukrainian homes, schools and hospitals from Russian missile attacks.”
Since February 24, Russia has launched a military operation in Ukraine, followed by angry international reactions and the imposition of “tough” economic and financial sanctions on Moscow.