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Sec Gen-What Is Happening In Europe Today Could Happen In Asia Tomorrow


Speaking at the SAMAK Nordic Summit in Helsinki, Finland, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reiterates recent messages, calling for greater support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia's invasion, warning of China's alleged plans to provide Russia with arms, and hinting that Ukraine's NATO membership is a 'long-term' goal.

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  • Stoltenberg: "We must give Ukraine what they need to prevail...We must sustain and step up our support to Ukraine...Putin is not preparing for peace...There are no risk free options, biggest risk of all is if Putin wins in Ukraine."
  • Stoltenberg states that NATO is still concerned that China is preparing to provide Russia with military support.
  • Says that Ukraine will become a member of the alliance in the "long-term", but made the point that the short-term issue is it remaining an independent nation in the face of Russia's invasion.
  • Speaking on China: "We must not become too dependent on materials we import or export key technologies that could be used against us. What's happening in Europe today could happen in Asia tomorrow. Our security is not regional, our security is global."
  • Stoltenberg: "The time has come to finalise Finland/Sweden NATO process...It is inconceivable that NATO would not come to [the countries] aid if [they] were under attack."

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