News: Secretary General thanks UK for support to Ukraine and leadership role in NATO, 09-Nov-2022

On Wednesday (9 November 2022), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for his country’s key role in the Organization and for the strong support this brings to Ukraine.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street after talks with the Prime Minister, Mr Stoltenberg thanked the United Kingdom for the leadership of the multinational NATO battle group it provides in Estonia and for the deployment planes and ships on NATO patrols. He also welcomed the strong support that the United Kingdom gives to Ukraine, indicating that the country has notably trained nearly 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers in recent years.

The Secretary General reiterated the importance of continuing to support Ukraine. “Not only would a victory for President Putin be a disaster for Ukrainians, but such a scenario would also make us more vulnerable, as the Russian President and other authoritarian leaders could conclude that they can achieve their ends by resorting to brute force without being worried. »

Asked about Russia’s announcement of its withdrawal from Kherson, the Secretary General said: “We have taken note of this information, but we are waiting to see what will really happen on the ground”. And to add: “It is encouraging to see that the Ukrainian forces, who are fighting bravely, are managing to liberate more territory. The victories they achieve and the advances they achieve are credited to the brave Ukrainian soldiers, but the support they receive from the UK and other NATO Allies is also essential.”

Earlier in the day, Mr. Stoltenberg had met in London with Foreign Secretary James Cleverly. He had also joined Defense Minister Ben Wallace at Lydd military camp, where British, Canadian and Lithuanian soldiers train Ukrainian soldiers. The Secretary General also met with Ukrainian soldiers and praised their dedication and bravery in continuing to repel Russian troops in the brutal war of aggression that Moscow launched in the absence of any provocation.

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