NATO Backs Ukraine Taking Territory Back From Russia Despite Nuclear Risk

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg gives a press conference on Russia’s annexation of four occupied regions in Ukraine, on September 30. Stoltenberg also said that NATO will support Ukraine’s efforts to retake regions that were annexed by Russia. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg showed support for Ukraine on Friday in taking back territory that was recently claimed by Russia.

“Ukraine has, of course, the right to retake Ukrainian territory that is now occupied by Russian forces. That’s the reason why we support them. So they can defend themself but also so they can continue to liberate territory. And as I said, the illegal annexation or attempt of annexing Ukrainian territory doesn’t change that. It doesn’t change the nature of this conflict,” Stoltenberg said.

Stoltenberg went on to state that if NATO’s support of Ukraine was deterred by the annexation and the threat of nuclear escalation, they would be accepting “nuclear blackmailing.”

“Then we accept that by threatening of using nuclear weapons, authoritarian powers like Russia can achieve exactly what they want,” Stoltenberg added.

The comments by Stoltenberg come shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he was claiming four new Ukrainian territories as part of Russia. Putin asserted that the regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, as well as the Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic, now belonged to Russia.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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