“Too early” to establish outpost on Snake Island, says Ukrainian military official

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CNN that Russian President Vladimir Putin underestimated both Ukraine’s resistance and the unity of NATO’s military alliance.

“He [Putin] made a big mistake; he completely underestimated the strength of the Ukrainian armed forces, the courage of the Ukrainian leadership and the Ukrainian people, and he also underestimated the unity of NATO and partners in providing support to Ukraine,” Stoltenberg told Christiane Amanpour, chief executive officer on Thursday. international anchor of CNN.

Speaking from the NATO summit in Madrid, Stoltenberg said Putin had failed to achieve his goals when it came to weakening the NATO alliance.

“One of his main messages at the start of this war was that he wanted less NATO. He actually suggested signing an agreement not to have further NATO expansion. What he gets now is more NATO and two new NATO members, including Finland with a border… with Russia, doubling NATO’s border with Russia,” he told Amanpour.

“That doesn’t mean we don’t understand the gravity of the problems Ukraine faces in Donbas,” Stoltenberg said.

Stoltenberg told CNN he is ignoring Putin’s rhetoric and that he will “judge him by his actions.”

“What he is doing in Ukraine is a brutal violation of international law. It is a war that has resulted in many civilian casualties, civilian casualties and huge losses,” he told CNN.

According to Stoltenberg, the performance at the NATO summit in Madrid is a ‘victory’ for the military alliance.

“It is a victory for NATO that we have once again demonstrated our unity and our ability to change and adapt as the world changes,” said the NATO chief.

“We live in a world where we see brutal violence against a close NATO neighbor, a close NATO partner in Ukraine, which is why we have significantly stepped up our presence in the eastern part of the alliance to remove any room for miscalculation or misunderstanding in Moscow about our willingness to protect and defend all allies,” he said.

“This is deterrence, and the purpose of deterrence is to prevent conflict. And that’s exactly what NATO has been doing for more than 70 years: preventing conflict and keeping peace,” he added.

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