The main question is to secure the world from Russian aggression
“It’s not for us to tell Ukrainians how far their victims should go” – Stoltenberg / Reuters photo / Segodnya collage
The summit in Madrid on June 29-30 will be a “decisive” milestone in the organization’s history. First of all, because it will take place against the backdrop of a war in Europe, and all members and allies of the organization will have to show unity in resolving this crisis. Second, the Alliance is ready for a global transformation.
This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais.
“The Madrid summit is decisive and transformative for NATO. This will be a historic summit for many reasons. This will be a historic event, primarily because the 30 allies are meeting in the midst of the biggest security crisis in Europe since the end of World War II. And the joint appearance in Madrid is a powerful signal in these unpredictable and dangerous times. Secondly, it will be historic, because we will make many important decisions. A new strategic concept will be adopted that determines the future of our alliance. We are agreeing to the biggest transformation of our collective defense since the end of the Cold War, with increased troop levels, readiness for rapid response and more equipment at the ready. And we will agree on a full package of assistance to Ukraine”said the NATO Secretary General.
He also noted that this war should end at the negotiating table, at which Ukraine should be with a strong position. And NATO member countries undertake to provide these positions.
“Most likely, this war will end at the negotiating table. Our responsibility is to ensure Ukraine’s strongest position and help it remain a sovereign and independent European nation. And the best way to do this is to provide strong military support, economic support and tough sanctions against Russia… And Ukrainians are ready to pay a very high price, to sacrifice themselves for these values. It is not for us to tell them how far their sacrifices must go.” Stoltenberg said.