NATO Allies to help Ukraine as long as needed – Baerbock

NATO Allies to help Ukraine as long as needed – Baerbock

The war in Ukraine will not end quickly, but NATO Allies will continue to help Ukrainians defend themselves against Russia.

The relevant statement was made by German Federal Foreign Affairs Minister Annalena Baerbock at a press conference, following the informal meetings of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“It is clear to all of us that this war will not end quickly. […] We have discussed how we can continue to support Ukraine, what we can do in the coming weeks and months. We agree that, at the national level, and especially in terms of military support, we cannot and will not stop to help,” Baerbock said, promising to help Ukraine as long as needed.

According to Baerbock, there is no choice but to make it clear that they fully stand on Ukraine’s side, as well as provide military support, so that Ukraine could defend itself.

Baerbock noted that Germany and the West were ready for a dialogue with Moscow, but it was Russia that had ruined all forms of dialogue.

Many world leaders attempted to talk to Putin but in vain. Now NATO’s strategic concept of deterrence and defense has a different meaning than it had before February 24, Baerbock added. NATO has to revise its positions and reinforce its eastern flanks.

Russia’s aggressive war has made NATO more united, which is what President Putin always wanted to prevent. Now two more countries want to join the Alliance, although they were not planning to do so until February 24.

According to Baerbock, the ‘diplomatic marathon’ of the last three days, i.e. G7 and NATO Ministers meetings, has emphasized how dramatic the situation in Ukraine is remaining and how united the partners are in these difficult times.


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