The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will “soon” supply counter-drone equipment to Ukraine, the head of the military alliance has said. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that drone jammers will help Ukraine build Russian- and Iranian-made drones. He said military alliance allies have provided advanced systems, including artillery, air defense and armored vehicles. He made the announcement after the meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.
Stoltenberg’s announcement comes as Ukraine urges its allies to provide it with more air defense systems and military equipment. Ukraine’s appeal comes after a Russian missile hit Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, on October 10. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg announced that NATO would continue to support Ukraine “as long as it takes”. In his speech, he also welcomed Spain’s announcement to provide four HAWK launchers to Ukraine to strengthen its air defense. He said NATO is also providing fuel, winter clothing and medical supplies as part of the military alliance’s comprehensive assistance programme. Stoltenberg said the 30-member military alliance will help Ukraine in its transition from the Soviet era to modern NATO equipment.
“We are also providing fuel, winter clothing and medical supplies under NATO’s comprehensive assistance programme. Under this programme, NATO will shortly provide counter-drone equipment to Ukraine. With hundreds of drone jammers, which can help render Russian and Iranian drones ineffective,” said Jens Stoltenberg.
Stoltenberg accuses Putin of ‘nuclear rhetoric’
In his remarks, the NATO chief accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “nuclear rhetoric” and called it “dangerous and irresponsible”. Jens Stoltenberg said NATO takes these threats “seriously” and continues to remain “vigilant”. However, he warned that the military alliance would not be “bullied” by Putin’s statements. He warned that the use of nuclear weapons would change the “nature of the conflict” and have “serious consequences”. He added: “Russia knows that a nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought.” His statement comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on September 21 that he would use “all means at his disposal” to protect Russian territory.
NATO chief meets Ukrainian defense minister
Jens Stoltenberg also mentioned the participation of the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Oleksii Reznikov, in the meeting of NATO Defense Ministers. He said Reznikov briefed them on the battlefield situation in Ukraine. Stoltenberg added, “Ukraine is making good progress, pushing back the invading Russian forces to the east and south.” The NATO chief also held a meeting with Ukrainian Defense Minister Reznikov. He noted that the meeting with Reznikov comes at a “critical moment” in Russia’s war against Ukraine.