On October 11, previewing the meeting of the US-led Ukraine Defence Contact Group, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO will stand with Ukraine “as long as it takes.”
Russia’s attempted annexations, partial mobilization, and “reckless nuclear rhetoric represent the most significant escalation since the start of the war,” he added.
At the same time, Stoltenberg noted that the war in Ukraine “is not going as planned” for Russia. While Russian forces are resorting to “horrific and indiscriminate attacks” on civilians and critical infrastructure Russia’s President Putin is failing in Ukraine, he explained.
“NATO Defence Ministers will meet in Brussels on October 12 and 13 to step up and sustain support to Ukraine and continue to strengthen NATO’s own defenses, against the backdrop of Russia’s most significant escalation since the start of the Ukraine conflict,” the NATO chief informed.