NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is increasing pressure on the German government to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. “We are in a decisive phase of the war,” he said in an interview with Handelsblatt. “Therefore, it is important to provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs to win.” Military support of Ukraine is the fastest way to peace, he said.
Stoltenberg praised German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s (SPD) decision to equip the Ukrainian armed forces with Marder infantry fighting vehicles. At the meeting of the allies at the US base in Ramstein on January 20, further decisions will now have to be made. “Recent pledges of heavy warfare equipment are significant – and I expect more in the near future.”
Regarding the risk of nuclear escalation, which Scholz had repeatedly mentioned, Stoltenberg said: “The risk of using nuclear weapons is low.” China and other countries have sent Russia the message that “nuclear weapons should not be used.”
At the same time, Stoltenberg advocated a critical examination of Chinese investments and warned of dependence: “We must not repeat the mistake we made with Russian natural gas.”
Source: News Beast
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