‘Easiest way to end this war is for Putin to pull back’
Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg addressed the media after today’s meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, warning the war could last for years.
Stoltenberg said: “The easiest way to end this war is for President Putin to pull back all its troops, and to end the war, and to sit down and engage in in serious diplomatic efforts to find the solution.
“But we need to be realistic, and we have no indications that President Putin has changed his over overall goal, and that is to control Ukraine and to achieve significant military victories on the battleground.
“What we see is Russian regrouping and repositioning their forces moving out of northern Ukraine, but at the same time moving those forces to the east and we expect a big battle in Donbas.
“And that’s the reason why allies also highlighted today the urgency of providing more support to Ukraine.
“That’s reason why also allies are imposing heavy costs on on President Putin and Russia. But at the same time, we are prepared for the long haul. This war may last for weeks, but also months, and possibly also for years. And therefore we need to prepare for a lot more.”
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