On November 28, NATO member states promised to continue the course of helping Ukraine in the war with Russia, despite doubts about US support and a "bloody impasse on the front line."
This is reported by The Hindu.
The article notes fears that the lack of adequate support from the West could force Ukraine to seek a compromise with Russian President Vladimir Putin from a position of weakness.
We will strongly reaffirm our support for Ukraine as it continues to face Russia's war of aggression," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on November 28.
Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, the United States has provided more than USD 40 billion. aid to Ukraine and promised to support it for as long as it takes. However, Republican opposition has questioned the future of U.S. aid.
The United States will continue to arm Ukraine
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he was "confident" that the United States would continue to arm Ukraine.
"It is in the security interest of the United States to do this, and it is also in line with what we have agreed on," the head of the Alliance said.
He also recalled recent pledges of €10 billion in aid to Ukraine by Germany and the Netherlands as proof that NATO remains committed to supporting Kyiv.
"Although the front line has not advanced as much, Ukrainians have been able to inflict heavy losses on Russian troops," Stoltenberg said.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg / Photo: Associated Press
At the same time, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said that the need to support Ukraine "is not whether Ukraine can still make progress militarily, but in saving people."
Her French counterpart, Catherine Colonna, said the Kyiv was facing one of the heaviest air attacks since the start of the war.
"We emphasize the support for Ukraine, which, obviously, should be long-term," the French Foreign Minister said.
Latvia's first diplomat, Krišjānis Karins, said that Ukraine needs more "long-range missiles so that they can interfere with Russia's logistical capabilities."
"Support Ukraine to make sure Russia doesn't win this war"
"It is in our direct interest to continue to support Ukraine to make sure that Russia does not win this war, that Ukraine can win the war," the Latvian Foreign Minister said.
Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly, in turn, rejected the suggestion that Ukraine needs to change its strategy due to the fact that the war has been going on for so long.
"We have a good strategy and Ukraine has a good strategy, but we need to implement it," the minister said.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba will join this meeting on November 29. At the meeting, NATO members are going to agree on a reform plan aimed at helping Ukraine on its way to possible membership in the Alliance.
On November 28, a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Alliance countries took place in Brussels, as well as the first meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council is planned. According to James O'Brien, Deputy Head of the US State Department for European and Eurasian Affairs, these events will confirm the Alliance's strong commitment to further support Ukraine.
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