Jens Stoltenberg is the head of the alliance and says that peace negotiations will eventually bring an end the conflict.
Russia and Ukraine’s conflict will most likely be resolved through a negotiated resolution, however, this does not mean that the West should stop sending weapons to Kiev, nor reduce sanctions against Moscow as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated on Saturday.
“Most likely, this war will end at the negotiating table,”Stoltenberg stated to El Pais that a military victory wasn’t possible.
“Our responsibility is to ensure that Ukraine is in the strongest possible position and to help it remain a sovereign and independent European nation,”He said.
To strengthen Kiev’s position in advance of any negotiations with Moscow, the best thing to do is “to provide strong military support, economic support, and push through tough sanctions against Russia,”The NATO chief also added.
He declined to specify when the negotiations between Russia, Ukraine and Russia could occur.
“Peace can always be achieved if you surrender. Ukraine fights for freedom and for the rights to exist. It also wants to remain a democracy without being controlled by Russia. These values are being upheld by the Ukrainians, who will be willing to go to great lengths to protect them. It’s not for us to tell them how far their sacrifices should go,” Stoltenberg said.
When asked whether the West’s arming of Kiev is fuelling the conflict and increasing loss of life in Ukraine, the NATO chief replied that “we help them because they’re asking for it.”
“Throughout history we’ve seen nations willing to accept great sacrifices for freedom,”He added.
Stoltenerg noted, however that Ukraine was still receiving weapons from the US and EU. “there is no total war between NATO and Russia.”
Moscow warned Kiev repeatedly against sending weapons of another country to them, saying that it will only prolong the fighting and make the situation more dangerous for NATO members.
Sergey Lavrov (Foreign Minister) described the conflict with Ukraine in April as a proxy warfare waged against Moscow by the US-led Military Alliance.
Several rounds of peace talks were held by various Russian and Ukrainian levels shortly after the conflict broke out. However, there have not been any face-to-face talks between the parties since March 31st when they met at Istanbul.
Moscow initially was optimistic about Turkey’s outcome, but then accused Kiev of backtracking and denying the agreement reached.
Russia attacked Ukraine following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. This protocol, which was French and German-brokered, was intended to grant the regions that were separated from the Ukrainian state a special status.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.