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NATO summit in Vilnius was a clear defeat for Putin, - Costa

Jul 13, 2023

The NATO summit in Vilnius left a clear message to Vladimir Putin, which was a "clear defeat" for the Russian dictator.

This was stated by Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, RBC-Ukraine reports citing Portuguese outlet SIC Notícias.

"If he intended to divide NATO, then in fact NATO was united. If he intended to weaken NATO, it has become stronger. If he wanted to alienate Ukraine, it is now closer to NATO than before," he said.

Costa said that Portugal approved the security guarantees provided to Ukraine by the G7 countries.

"The declaration opens a period from which contacts between the partners will begin to determine the degree of participation of each of them in future security guarantees for Ukraine," he said.

At the same time, Costa added that it is "premature" to talk about what kind of support Portugal will provide.

"We want to contribute to the security of Ukraine in a variety of ways, we do it from a military point of view, financially, politically, diplomatically, as well as in terms of providing equipment and training, in particular, now for F-16 pilots," he added.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 13/07/2023

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