NATO chief: “If Ukrainians stop fighting, their country will cease to exist”

In a compelling dialogue with the Funke Media Group, NATO’s top leader, Jens Stoltenberg, dissected the intricacies and protracted nature of the Ukrainian conflict. He underscored the global imperative to understand the existential threat Ukraine faces if its resistance falters.

The Kyiv Post captured Stoltenberg’s words, ” We are all wishing for a quick peace. But at the same time, we must recognise: if President Zelensky and the Ukrainians stop fighting, their country will no longer exist. If President Putin and Russia lay down their weapons, we will have peace.” Yet, he also envisaged a path to peace if Russia opts for disarmament.

Elaborating further, the Kyiv Post highlighted the war’s inception in February 2022, marking Russia’s large-scale incursion. This conflict, nearing its second year, has plunged Europe into a military maelstrom reminiscent of bygone tumultuous eras. Although Ukraine initiated a counteroffensive in the summer, Stoltenberg observed its moderate efficacy against entrenched Russian strongholds in the nation’s southeastern territories.

NATO Membership on Ukraine’s Horizon

Pivoting to Ukraine’s potential alignment with NATO, Stoltenberg conveyed unequivocal anticipations. The Kyiv Post relayed his assertion, “Ukraine’s eventual induction into NATO remains irrefutable.” Indications from the NATO summit in July suggest Ukraine’s incremental assimilation into the alliance. Concluding his insights, Stoltenberg emphasized post-conflict security assurances for Ukraine to avert historical repetitions. Nonetheless, Ukraine’s NATO accession would hinge on meeting specific prerequisites, notably fortifying democratic governance and upholding judicial integrity in Kiev.

Image: U.S. Secretary of Defense, 220602-D-BN624-0164 (52118290499), CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size changed)

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