Putin invading Ukraine was a big mistake- NATO chief
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The chief of NATO, Jens Stoltenber on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of making a “big mistake” by invading Ukraine, as leaders gathered to discuss overhauling the alliance’s Eastern defences.
“President Putin has made a big mistake and that is to launch a war against an independent sovereign nation. He has underestimated the strength of the Ukrainian people, the bravery of the Ukrainian people and their armed forces,” Stoltenberg said ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels.
He further stated that the leaders of US-led military alliance would “address the need for a reset of our deterrence and defence in the longer term.”
NATO has already rushed tens of thousands of troops to its Eastern flank in the wake of Russia’s invasion to counter the threat of any spillover from the conflict into allied countries.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whose country is not in NATO, is set to appeal for more weapons and greater intervention in a video address to leaders as he seeks to cajole the West into a tougher response.
“We are waiting for meaningful steps. From NATO, the EU and the G7, At these three summits, we will see: who is a friend, who is a partner, and who betrayed us for money. Life can be defended only when united,” Zelensky said.
NATO leaders are vowing to bolster weapons deliveries to non-member Ukraine and supply protection against chemical and nuclear threats from Russia.
But the alliance has rebuffed pleas from Kyiv to impose a no-fly zone to help halt Russia’s onslaught for fear of getting dragged into a “full-fledged” conflict with Moscow.