The President Vladimir Putin will not win the war in Ukraine despite his order to mobilize thousands of additional soldiers, the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenbergcalling the Russian leader’s threat to use nuclear weapons “dangerous and reckless rhetoric.”
Stoltenberg told Reuters in an interview that Russia’s first mobilization since World War II would escalate the conflict and cost more lives, but the move was evidence that Putin had miscalculated since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine. .
Putin announced that he would call up 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine and backed a plan to annex parts of the country, hinting to the West that he was prepared to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia. “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will use all available means to protect our people, this is not a hoax. Russia has many weapons to respond », he said.
Stoltenberg said the 30-nation Western defense alliance will remain calm and “will not engage in the same kind of reckless and dangerous nuclear rhetoric as President Putin.” “President Putin’s speech shows that the war is not going according to his plans. He has made a huge miscalculation,” he added to Reuters.
“The only way to end this war is to show that President Putin will not win on the battlefield. When he realizes that, he has to sit down and negotiate a reasonable agreement with Ukraine », said Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister.