The US ambassador to NATO: The alliance is united and will continue to strengthen Ukraine
Six months since the beginning of the Russian aggression, the armed forces of Ukraine and the Ukrainian society maintain an impressively high morale and will to survive. And NATO is firm and united in its support. Russia will not be able to break this unity, causing a severe autumn and winter. This was said in an interview for BNR by the United States Ambassador to NATO, Julian Smith.
The US believes that Ukraine will prevail in this war, Ambassador Smith said. She does not expect a change in political attitudes in Washington that would lead to the cessation or drastic reduction of economic or military aid to Kyiv.
The North Atlantic alliance is also capable of maintaining its unity, even though the societies of the member countries are yet to feel the effects of the Kremlin’s energy counterstrike firsthand.
“I know some people question our unity, but I can personally assure you from here at NATO headquarters that the Alliance remains united and that we will continue to support Ukraine for however long it takes.”
Ambassador Smith stated that the decision on a possible counter-offensive is the prerogative of the commanders of the Ukrainian forces. However, the war could end in a completely different way.
“We don’t know what President Putin will do in the coming weeks or months. It is clear, however, that Russian forces have been unable to achieve their primary tasks. They are facing severe logistical problems, ammunition shortages, and motivation problems. We are doing everything possible to improve Putin’s ability in strategic calculations and for him to end this war immediately. Russia can give up this conflict and end it today. As long as it asks. This is also our ultimate goal – to end the war.” , said Julian Smith.
“Bulgaria is a very stable member of the North Atlantic Alliance. The United States values bilateral relations with Bulgaria, especially in defense” – this is how US Ambassador to NATO Julian Smith answered a question of BNR how the administration of President Joe Biden values our country as an ally – in political and in military terms.