NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg Pledges to Provide Ukraine with Modern Weaponry

NATO Secretary General calls for more military support and heavier weaponry for Ukraine ahead of Contact Group Meeting at the Ramstein Airbase

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged more military support and “heavier and modern weapons” for the Kyiv government while speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday. This head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) hopes to provide assistance in preparation for the Contact Group meeting at the Ramstein Airbase in Germany on Friday.

Stoltenberg stated that the main message of the meeting being “more support and more advanced support, heavier weapons and more modern weapons.” He said that this is a fight for democracy, and to ensure Ukraine prevails.

The U.S.-led Contact Group for Ukraine will be chaired by U.S Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin and will be attended by Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov. The focus of the meeting will be for NATO countries and other Kyiv partners to provide weapons, ammunition and other military equipment based on needs expressed by Ukraine.

Polish President, Andrzj Duda, and Canadian Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, also discussed their countries’ support of Kyiv and that a greater presence of arms was essential. Freeland reiterated that if Ukraine were to be defeated on a battlefield, it wouldn’t matter how much the country wanted its sovereignty.

Canada announced Wednesday the donation of 200 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine and is considering sending German-made Leopard 2 tanks that Kyiv has requested to fight Russian troops that invaded its territory.

Stoltenberg stated that the only way to achieve a negotiated settlement to end the war is by convincing Russian President Putin that he won’t win on the battlefield and has to negotiate. He urged NATO members to provide more military force to Ukraine in order for them prevail in their struggle for democracy.

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