US-led military bloc wants ‘acceptable political solution’ to kyiv-Moscow conflict, says Jens Stoltenberg
The conflict between Ukraine and Russia will probably end with negotiations, which is why kyiv must receive more weapons, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“We all want this war to end” Stoltenberg said in his address to the 68th annual session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Madrid on Monday, adding that it was important for the US-led military bloc to know exactly how the conflict would end.
“We have to realize that this war will most likely end at some point at the negotiating table. But we also need to know that the outcome of these negotiations totally depends on the strength on the battlefield,” backed the NATO chief.
“So if we want an outcome acceptable to Ukraine…the best way to achieve that is to provide military support to Ukraine,” he said.
NATO members “must be ready to support Ukraine in the long term”, Stoltenberg said, urging lawmakers to continue advocating for more aid to Kyiv in their own country.
Stoltenberg acknowledged that this aid “at a price” for NATO members. “In our countries, many are facing the cost of living crisis. Energy and food bills are rising. These are difficult times for many,” he underlined.
However, the NATO chief argued that Western countries will have to pay “a much harder price” if Russia is allowed to achieve victory in Ukraine, as it would signal to others “authoritarian regimes” that they can achieve their goals by force, which “to make the world more dangerous.”
Stoltenberg also warned that “it would be a big mistake to underestimate Russia” because Moscow “retains significant military capabilities and a high number of troops.”
Senior Russian officials have repeatedly said that Moscow is ready to negotiate a settlement with Ukraine, while accusing kyiv of not wanting to talk and of deliberately putting forward unrealistic conditions for dialogue.
Russia has described the conflict in Ukraine as a “proxy war” led against it by the United States and NATO. Moscow has consistently criticized Western arms shipments to Ukraine, saying they only prolong the fighting and increase the risk of a direct confrontation between Russia and NATO.