By spending only a fraction of our defense budgets, we helped Ukraine destroy a significant part of Russia’s combat capabilities, said the head of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, on Wednesday after a meeting of NATO security advisers. “The alliance is bigger, stronger and more united than ever before,” said White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan. – There is awareness among the leaders of Western countries of the need for further support for Ukraine – said the head of the National Security Bureau, Jacek Siewiera, representing Poland.
General secretary FOR THIS Jens Stoltenberg On Wednesday, he took part in a joint press conference at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Alliance with White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan. A meeting of NATO security advisors was held in Brussels. Poland is represented by the head of the National Security Bureau, Jacek Siewiera.
The head of NATO spoke about support for the fighting forces Russia Ukraine. – This is not charity, we do it in the interest of our safety. A Russian victory would weaken us and embolden not only Moscow but also China, Iran and North Korea. This matters for the security of Europe and the security of America, Stoltenberg said.
– By spending only a fraction of our defense budgets, we helped Ukraine destroy a significant part of Russia’s combat capabilities – he emphasized.
As Stoltenberg stated, “the world has become more dangerous, but NATO has also become stronger.” – We have more forces, with a higher level of readiness and increased investments in defense. We can never take peace for granted, but we also see no immediate immediate threats against any NATO ally, he said.
– Today we also talked about the growing threat from China. Our competitors are increasingly combining their forces. Russia is increasing its cooperation with China, Iran and North Korea. This increases anxiety. So it’s even more important that NATO works closer with partners like AustraliaJapan, New Zealand and South Korea – said the head of the Alliance.
– Today we also condemned the destabilization in the Middle East caused by Iran, as well as its support for terrorist groups that attack allied forces and ships in the Red Sea. Attacks against US forces in Lebanon and Syria are absolutely unacceptable. Iran must bring this to the attention of those who act on its behalf, he continued.
Sullivan: The Alliance is bigger, stronger and more united than ever before
As he reported Jake Sullivan, “today we started planning the substantive part of the summit in Washington and will continue to do so during the meeting of defense ministers next week.” – United States They are very happy that allies will come to Washington this summer to celebrate NATO’s 75th anniversary, he added.
“We are also pleased that the Alliance is bigger, stronger and more united than ever before,” he said. – Putin is counting on the division of the Alliance, but today we heard once again full unity, as well as the level of intensity of this unity, which has absolutely not weakened since the beginning of this brutal Russian invasion (in Ukraine – ed.) almost two years ago – said the White House adviser to matters of national security.
“We as allies are committed not only to supporting Ukraine in the current fight, but also to building long-term deterrence as Ukraine moves to become a NATO member,” he added.
Siewiera: Western leaders are aware of the need for further support for Ukraine
After the meeting, Jacek Siewiera, the head of the National Security Bureau, representing Poland, also spoke. – Today, Ukraine is carrying out a strategic defense operation. And it should focus its planning efforts there, including mobilization and logistics related to securing the rear of the front line, and securing its operational capabilities across the entire width of the front. This is an operation focused on defense activities and the allies understand this phase of operations well, he said.
He added that “among governments and leaders of Western countries there is also an awareness of the need to continue supporting Ukraine and to make certain changes if Ukraine is to succeed in the fight to regain its territory and maintain its sovereignty.”
Siewiera also stated that regarding NATO’s relations with the Russian Federation, “the awareness of the leaders of the Western world and the way they perceive this threat have changed enormously during the two years of the war.”
– Just as there was an Iron Curtain in Europe a few decades ago, examples of comparisons between that situation and the situation that may await Europe in the coming time are increasingly often cited in conversations on the sidelines of summits and meetings, especially here, – he said.
– There is an increasing awareness that a certain demarcation is taking place on its own. From closed border crossings on the Finnish-Russian border, through the fortification line of the Baltic countries, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, to, of course, the barrier on our eastern border, which for two years has been effectively demarcating the borders of the world of two completely different cultures – continued the head of the National Security Bureau.
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