MOSCOW, September 20 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Ukraine urgently needs air defense systems, as well as spare parts and maintenance of weapons that have already been transferred by the West, he was quoted as saying by Reuters.
“There is an urgent need for air defense systems, not only for new systems, but also for ammunition, maintenance, spare parts,” Stoltenberg said in an interview with the agency during his visit to New York for the annual UN General Assembly.
According to him, NATO is ready for a long journey in the matter of supporting Ukraine.
Russia previously sent a note to NATO countries over arms supplies to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that any cargo that contains weapons for Ukraine will become a legitimate target for Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that NATO countries are “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov noted that pumping Ukraine up with weapons from the West does not contribute to the success of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative effect. Lavrov stated that the United States and NATO are directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine, “including not only the supply of weapons, but also the training of personnel… in the territory of Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and other countries.”