Despite its military efforts, Russia can no longer achieve
its goals in the war against Ukraine. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
said this to the Russian service of DW.
“The invasion, under the order of President Vladimir Putin,
was aimed to prevent Ukraine from stepping toward NATO and the EU. However,
almost two years after the outbreak of the war, Ukraine is closer to NATO and
the EU than ever,” Stoltenberg noted.
As he stated, Putin has lost Ukraine once and for all, and
that is a heavy strategic defeat for Russia. He expressed confidence that one
day Ukraine will achieve its goal and become a NATO member.
“Moscow has already lost hundreds of aircraft, thousands of
tanks and has incurred 300,000 killed and wounded soldiers. On account of the
war, the inflation rate has increased, and the standard of living has fallen.
Russia is now politically more isolated than before,” he said, adding that
Putin shows no signs of changing his policy if re-elected in the upcoming
presidential election on March 17.