The head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, will call this Saturday, at the Munich Security Conference, to "give Ukraine what it needs to win" the war unleashed after Russia's invasion of that country almost a year ago.
"We must give Ukraine what it needs to win and prevail as a sovereign and independent nation in Europe," he will tell the meeting of world leaders, according to excerpts of his speech seen by AFP.
For his part, the UK Defense Minister, Ben Wallace, stated that the supply of combat aircraft to Ukraine is an option that is being considered "in the medium term" and that it will not be a reality in the next six months.
"It's still going to be a long time before someone delivers fighter jets to Ukraine, let's face it," Wallace, who is attending the Security Conference in Munich, said in an interview with the German weekly 'Der Spiegel'.
He added that among kyiv's Western allies there is a consensus that precisely modern models like the 'Eurofighter' will not be supplied until after the war has ended.
Stoltenberg will affirm that the Russian president, Vladimir "Putin does not plan peace, he plans more war." NATO believes that Russia is preparing a new major offensive. According to Stoltenberg, there is "no indication that [Putin] has changed his ambitions" by mobilizing "hundreds of thousands of troops" and seizing "more weapons from authoritarian countries like Iran and North Korea."
However, Ben Wallace defended that the United Kingdom begin training Ukrainian fighter pilots now, initially, with flight simulators, so that everything is ready once the decision is made.
"Unlike with tanks, with fighter-bombers there will be no delay once there is a political decision," he said.
Regarding the problems related to the shipment of tanks, Wallace reasoned that "politics has advanced the military" since in many countries the governments have realized that the battle tanks available to their Armies are not in good condition. to be sent to Ukraine immediately.
"The war in Ukraine, although it is bitter, has shown us the reality, that our defense plans were not enough," he said.
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