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Stoltenberg: “NATO countries should choose Ukraine support over own defence”

The war in Ukraine

Published 23 April 2024
- By Editorial Staff

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is now urging member states to prioritize Ukraine’s military needs over their own defense efforts.

A statement by the pro-Kiev Secretary General should be seen in the light of Ukraine’s request for increased arms deliveries, especially in the form of anti-aircraft systems.

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday, Jens Stoltenberg stressed that there is currently an “intensive effort within NATO to try to increase the supply of air defense systems” to the Kiev regime. Stoltenberg emphasized that Ukraine needs significantly more assistance than is currently being offered. As an example, he cited Denmark, whose politicians decided in February to donate all their artillery to Ukraine. The Netherlands has also pledged to provide F-16 fighter jets, although it is unclear when.

Stoltenberg said he was pleased with the news that the US Congress, after long delays, is expected to vote soon on further aid to Ukraine. In making his appeal, Stoltenberg recalled the gravity of the situation in Ukraine.

– If allies face a choice between meeting Nato capability targets and providing more aid to Ukraine, my message is clear: send more to Ukraine”, he said.

Zelenskyy frustrated with Germany

While many NATO members are devoting considerable resources to meeting the needs of Ukraine, which has been forced to retreat on several fronts, they are trying to find ways to avoid compromising their own defense capabilities and depleting their stocks of defense equipment.

Ukraine’s ammunition shortage has previously been linked to last year’s failed counter-offensive, and it has recently reported heavy losses in manpower and equipment. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has long criticized Germany and others for refusing to donate Taurus air-launched cruise missiles to Ukraine.

Despite Germany’s decision to provide one (1) additional Patriot air defense system, the Taurus decision was maintained. The argument is that German personnel would be needed on the ground in Ukraine to carry out the delivery. For obvious historical reasons, this is a hot potato for Germany.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is currently very frustrated by what he sees as the West’s delay in providing further aid packages. Photo: President of Ukraine/Public Domain

Many US Republicans have also come under fire from the Ukrainian president for delaying a major military aid package that was passed by the Senate several months ago but is currently “stuck” in a divided Congress.

US House Speaker Mike Johnson has promised to schedule a vote on the arms package this Saturday, after it was previously delayed due to political conflicts between Democrats and Republicans.

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