Aid to Ukraine should not only be continued, but also increased, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken emphasized.

Russia does not plan to end the war, so more weapons are needed so that Ukraine can win - this position was voiced by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who is currently meeting with the military leadership of the United States, TSN reports. 

For almost a year of Russia's war against Ukraine, NATO allies have provided Kyiv with $120 billion in aid, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg estimated.

This includes military, humanitarian, and direct financial support.

With the approach of the first anniversary on February 24, the allies are certain that this assistance will have to be strengthened.

"Unfortunately, we do not see any sign that Russia is ready for peace.

On the contrary, Moscow is preparing for new military offensives.

Therefore, we must prepare for the supply of weapons that the Ukrainians need in order to win back their territories and win as a sovereign, independent nation," Stoltenberg said.

This conversation is taking place against the background of the European tour of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, during which he does not hide his intention to prevent the allies from stopping at the tank coalition and to persuade them to supply combat aircraft.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is not saying a categorical "no", as President Biden did last week.

The issues under consideration are the same reservations that the United States has voiced regarding tanks.

"Not only specific types of weapons are vitally important, but also the ability of Ukrainians to use them effectively.

And this requires in certain cases serious training, the ability to repair is also important, and in the end all this must be combined into a coherent strategy, where all elements are important.

We have always said that this is a process and we continue to decide what, in our opinion, Ukraine needs, what will be the most effective," says State Secretary Anthony Blinken.

John Kirby, adviser to the White House on strategic communications, softened the rhetoric.

The desire of the Ukrainians to obtain even more high-quality weapons is understandable, given the events at the front.

If Britain decides to provide planes to Ukraine, the Americans will not wring their hands, Kirby promises.

"Each nation must decide for itself what it is willing to give to Ukraine and under what circumstances, because each nation has its own national security interests to think about and its own alliances to align with.

So, these are all sovereign decisions.

We respect that.

Of course, we do not wring our hands, but we actively communicate with allies and partners about what types of weapons they can provide and, again, under what circumstances," he assures.

Now the main goal of the partners is to prepare Ukraine for spring hostilities, Rear Admiral Kirby says.

A joint military maneuver will be required - the interaction of large units in open areas.

This is what the latest deliveries of armored vehicles were aimed at.

Corresponding training of the Ukrainian military is currently taking place in Europe, Kirby emphasized.

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