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'Great historic mistake': Stoltenberg urges NATO not to allow Putin to win war

'Great historic mistake': Stoltenberg urges NATO not to allow Putin to win war Photo: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

NATO members should quickly provide additional military assistance to Ukraine to avoid a "great historic mistake" of a Russian victory on the battlefield, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

He emphasizes that Ukrainians "have enough courage, they lack ammunition."

"Together we have the capacity to provide Ukraine with what it needs. Now, we need to show the political will to do so," the Secretary-General says.

Stoltenberg emphasizes that NATO countries must "dig deep and deliver quickly" as delay will lead to "real consequences on the battlefield".

"So, this is a critical moment. It would be a great historic mistake to allow Putin to prevail," he says.

Calls for increased defense spending

Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that this year, a record 18 out of 31 NATO members will meet the alliance's goal of spending 2% of GDP on defense.

Also, Danish Prime Minister Matt Frederiksen said that Europe should limit social welfare spending and cut taxes to deter a more aggressive Russia by sustaining a long-term increase in defense and security funding.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the European Union should do more for defense, and replenish and modernize weapons. The EU should also support Ukraine.

Recently, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that NATO member states should increase defense spending to 3% of GDP.