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Stoltenberg reiterates call to prepare for a long war in Ukraine

Sep 17, 2023

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that it is necessary to prepare for a prolonged war that Russia is waging against Ukraine.


He said this in an interview with the Funke Group, Ukrinform reports.

"Most wars last longer than expected when they start," Stoltenberg said.
"We all want a quick peace. At the same time, we have to recognize that if President Zelensky and the Ukrainians stop fighting, their country will no longer exist. If President Putin and Russia stop fighting, we will have peace," the Secretary General said.

The Alliance chief also expressed confidence that "Ukraine will eventually be in NATO."

At the same time, he noted that even when it comes to signing a peace agreement, Ukraine will depend on NATO's continued support and needs security guarantees. Stoltenberg did not specify what these guarantees should look like.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 18/09/2023

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