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Stoltenberg suggests Ukraine will have to compromise with Russia

Stoltenberg suggests Ukraine will have to compromise with Russia NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (photo: Getty Images)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg suggested that Ukraine may eventually have to make concessions in the war with Russia.

"Even if we believe and hope that the war will end in the near future, we need to support Ukraine for many years, to build their defences to deter future aggression," the NATO Secretary General said.

He explained that military support is vital to repelling Russian forces and forcing Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to abandon his goals of occupying Ukrainian land.

However, the Secretary General also suggested that Ukraine may ultimately have to make concessions as well.

"At the end of the day, it has to be Ukraine that decides what kind of compromises they're willing to do, we need to enable them to be in a position where they actually achieve an acceptable result around the negotiating table," he said.

Stoltenberg said that he was not calling on Ukraine to make concessions now, and added that "real peace" will be achieved when "Ukraine prevails."

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly stated that he wants to be a "mediator" to start negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.

Recently, Erdogan said that his country continues to seek mediation between Ukraine and Russia, and the Turkish Foreign Minister spoke of the need for a "ceasefire."

Today, during an interview, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the Turkish president needs to understand that his country will not be enough to make negotiations between Ukraine and Russia take place.