NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, amid concerns about the amount of support for Ukraine after the upcoming US midterm elections, gave a clear message in an interview to Politico to those Republicans who are in favor of reducing Washington's military aid.
Stoltenberg noted that Kyiv's recent successes on the battlefield would not have been possible without the support of NATO allies.
According to him, Russia, if victorious, "will be bad for all of us in Europe and North America, for all of NATO, because it will serve as a signal to authoritarian leaders - not only Putin, but also China - that through the use of brutal military force they can achieve their purposes".
The comments, the newspaper notes, appeared against the background of concerns about the amount of support for Ukraine after the upcoming midterm elections in the United States. However, Stoltenberg expressed optimism, and, as the publication notes, a group of Republicans from the establishment supported Biden's repeated requests for funding and weapons for Ukraine.
"I am sure," said the NATO Secretary General, "that even after the midterm elections in the Congress - in the House of Representatives and in the Senate - there will still be a clear majority for further significant support for Ukraine."
Stoltenberg said he was confident Washington would continue to help Ukraine "partly because if Putin wins in Ukraine, it will be a disaster for Ukrainians."
Stoltenberg also cited evidence in favor of a long-term American presence in Europe and an increase in defense spending.
"The presence of the United States, as well as Canada, in Europe is necessary for the strength and reliability of this transatlantic connection," the NATO Secretary General said.
"I expect that at the summit in Vilnius next year, the NATO allies will make a clear commitment to invest more in defense," Stoltenberg added, noting that "it is too early to say" what exact wording the NATO allies will use.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance will continue to support Ukraine, as the victory of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will make the world more dangerous.