NATO leader after meeting Joe Biden: West ready for protracted war in Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said after a meeting with President Joe Biden in Washington on Thursday that the war in Ukraine would eventually end “at the negotiating table”, but by then it was already time for disintegration. Western nations must be prepared. For a protracted conflict, he said CNN.

Jens Stoltenberg said he had an “extraordinary” meeting in Washington with US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

When asked by CNN what his assessment of the outcome of the Russian invasion of Ukraine was, Stoltenberg replied, “Wars, by their very nature, are unpredictable, so we must be prepared for the long haul.”

Since the beginning of the invasion, Russian troops have been slowly advancing on the Donbass since capturing parts of southern Ukraine – mostly parts of Kherson and Zaporozhye – and the port city of the Sea of ‚Äč‚ÄčAzov Mariupol in the southeast.

US support “makes a difference on the battlefield every day,” the NATO secretary general said after the White House meetings. “President Putin wanted less NATO, which is why he occupied Ukraine, but now he is getting more,” Stoltenberg added.

Jens Stoltenberg is in the US capital to prepare for the NATO summit to be held in Madrid on June 28-30. The NATO leader said the summit was “taking place at a critical juncture for security.”

On Wednesday, he held a private meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen in Washington.

The war in Ukraine “may end tomorrow if Russia puts an end to its occupation, but at this point we see no signs of this direction,” Stoltenberg told a joint news conference with the US Secretary of State.

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Anthony Blinken told Aberpress that Russia’s war in Ukraine would last “many more months.”

On Thursday, after the White House meetings, Jens Stoltenberg reiterated that the war in Ukraine was becoming a battleground in which Ukrainians “pay high prices to defend their country on the battlefield” and that Ukraine continues to need NATO support. But in the end everything ends at the “negotiating table”.

When asked about Turkey’s blockade on NATO applications from Sweden and Finland, Stoltenberg expressed confidence that it would be resolved. “When a friendly country, Turkey, expresses its concerns, we must always do what we can, that is, sit down at the table, address these concerns and then find an integrated way. We are in close contact with Ankara, with the leadership there, as well as with Sweden and Finland.” He said. Stoltenberg has announced that he will hold meetings with senior officials in Stockholm, Helsinki and Ankara in the coming days. He said Turkey was a “key ally”.

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