On Sunday, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg issued a warning, emphasizing the need for the West to prepare for a “long war in Ukraine.”
He also expressed confidence, asserting that there is ‘absolutely no doubt’ that Ukraine will eventually join the American-led military alliance.
During an interview with the German Funke media group, the Norwegian politician threw cold water on the notion that the Russia-Ukraine conflict would come to an end any time soon.
“Most wars last longer than expected when they first begin,” Stoltenberg stated per France24. “Therefore we must prepare ourselves for a long war in Ukraine.”
“We are all wishing for a quick peace,” the NATO Secretary General continued.
“But at the same time, we must recognize: 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,” he said.
These remarks precede President Volodymyr Zelensky’s upcoming visit to Washington next week, during which he will once again meet with President Joe Biden and members of Congress.
The purpose of his visit is to advocate for more military assistance as Ukraine continues its fledgling counteroffensive against the well-entrenched Russian forces, who currently