In an interview with The Associated Press, NATO’s deputy secretary general said that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s month-long “barbaric war” against Ukraine was a war he could not win.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the former Romanian foreign minister and ambassador to the United States added that NATO would be “forced to take appropriate action” in the event of a chemical or nuclear attack, following a string of Moscow’s ominous remarks. Officials who refuse to cancel their use. He declined to say what those arrangements would be.
“NATO is a defensive alliance, but it is also a nuclear alliance,” he said. “If they use chemical weapons or other high-profile measures against Ukraine, it will fundamentally change the nature of the war that Mr Putin has waged against Ukraine.”
“I can guarantee that NATO is ready to respond proportionately,” he added.
Gioana said Russia’s attack on a theater in the besieged port city of Mariupol, which Ukrainian authorities said on Friday had killed at least 300 civilians, was “another proof that Putin’s war is a war that is provocative, irrational and barbaric.”
“We hope Mr. Putin will not go further down the path of war crimes and will not be more destructive against a sovereign nation,” he said.
But the brutal war that Russia has waged since February 24 is having the opposite effect of what Putin had hoped, NATO officials say, and has only united the West and worked to strengthen the 30-nation defense alliance.
At a NATO summit on Thursday, alliance leaders agreed to launch four new Eastern Flank Battlegroups in Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria – usually numbering about 1,000-1,500 troops.
“These groups are already forming themselves,” said Giona, a former foreign minister in her native Romania. “I can assume that it will take a few months for us to see these battlegroups up and running and fully operational.”
If the “very poorly planned and effective” military operation continues to drag on for Putin’s forces, which many observers say have jumped on the battlefield, Giona believes it could increase the risk of the Russian leader miscalculating.
“We see that for the time being, the Russian military is trying to re-evaluate the situation – to try to compensate for the massive loss of life and property in the first months of the war.”
Gioana says the combination of tough economic and personal sanctions on Russia and the huge military losses could prompt Putin to reconsider his aggression on Ukraine.
“Mr Putin probably believed in his own post-imperialist fantasy, thinking that the Ukrainians would welcome him with open arms,” he said. Russia does not have the strength or capability to occupy the whole of Ukraine. “
According to Ziona, the most notable mistake of the Putin government was to underestimate the “courage of the Ukrainian army” and the “unity of the political West.”
“We support Ukraine in many ways, from the defense, the financial, the humanitarian,” he said. “When the time comes, and that time comes, we will help rebuild Ukraine, rebuild their nation because they have won our admiration – they deserve our support.”
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