‘Russia is losing momentum’ in ‘brutal’ Ukraine invasion: NATO

BERLIN (AP) – A senior NATO official said Russia’s military advance in Ukraine appears to be faltering and hopes Kiev can win the war.

Senior NATO diplomats will meet in Berlin on Sunday to discuss further aid to Ukraine and moves from Finland and Sweden to join the western alliance in the face of Russian threats.

“Brutal aggression [by] Russia is losing momentum,” NATO deputy secretary-general Mircia Gianna told reporters. “We know that with the courage of the Ukrainian people and army and with our help, Ukraine can win this war.”

Gioana, who chaired the meeting while NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was recovering from the coronavirus, said Ukrainian supporters “are united and we are strong and will continue to help Ukraine win this war.”

One of the major issues being discussed in Berlin is currently extending NATO beyond its 30 member states.

Finland and Sweden have already taken steps to join the alliance, and Georgia’s proposal is being discussed again, despite Moscow’s severe warnings about the consequences of a neighboring country joining NATO.

“Finland and Sweden are already NATO’s closest partners,” Gioana said, although Turkish President Recep Erdogan expressed serious concerns about the multicultural Scandinavian country as a “guesthouse for terrorist organizations” He added that he expects to see the application positively.

“We are following the situation carefully with regards to Sweden and Finland, but not in a positive light.” Turkey, which, like all NATO leaders, vetoes new member states to join the alliance, said Friday.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to raise the matter with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu this weekend.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said at a late evening dinner on Saturday that Germany and other countries made it clear that they were willing to expedite the national ratification process for Finland and Sweden.

“If these two countries decide to join, they can join very quickly,” she said.

Denmark’s foreign minister rejected proposals that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s opposition could hinder the alliance from accepting new members.

As Jeppe Kofod told reporters, “All European countries have the fundamental right to choose their own security options.

“I see the world where democracy’s greatest enemy is Putin and the ideas he represents,” he said, adding that NATO will join other countries like Georgia, which are being “instrumented” by Russia. .

recognize Georgia conceptually But given that pro-Russian separatists are already mired in a de facto frozen conflict with Russia in South Ossetia, where pro-Russian separatists run a self-proclaimed separatist republic, the defensive alliance will pose an immediate challenge. Russian troops actively defend.

Britain’s foreign secretary said NATO members would also discuss security issues outside of Europe at a meeting on Sunday.

Foreign Minister Liz Truss said: “We need to be careful not only to protect Euro-Atlantic security, but also Indo-Pacific security.”

The meeting was held this week following the gathering of foreign ministers from seven major countries (G7) on the Baltic Sea coast of Germany. Officials there expressed strong support for Ukraine and warned that Russia’s blockade of grain exports from Ukrainian ports risks triggering a global food crisis.

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