NATO chief: Ukraine needs significantly more weapons, war has reached its turning point
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called for an increase in arms supplies to Ukraine at a "pivotal moment” of Russia's full-scale aggression
Stoltenberg made the statement in an interview with Reuters during the World Economic Forum in Davos.
"This is a pivotal moment in the war and the need for a significant increase in support for Ukraine. If we want a negotiated peaceful solution tomorrow we need to provide more weapons today," he said in a comment to Reuters.
In Ramstein, the main focus will be not on what the US will provide, but on whether Germany will lift the opposition to sending its Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine or at least approve their transfer from allied countries.
Stoltenberg confirmed that consultations are ongoing between the Allies on the provision of tanks to Ukraine. At the same time, he welcomed Britain's decision to send its Challenger 2 tanks to Kyiv.
According to the NATO Secretary General, Ukraine needs more air defense systems and armored vehicles, as well as ammunition, spare parts, and maintenance capabilities to ensure that existing weapons continue to function.
In his view, while the situation on the battlefronts has stabilized in recent weeks, the ongoing fierce fighting in the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut has demonstrated the importance of providing more weapons to support Ukraine.
"(Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin has shown no sign of preparing for peace and therefore he must realise he cannot win on the battlefield," Stoltenberg added.
On January 18, the European Parliament called on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks without delay. Officials emphasized that Ukraine is defending its territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders and urgently needs military assistance and heavy weapons to win the war.