NATO’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg is urging South Korea to step up their military support for Ukraine as there is an “urgent need for ammunition.”
Speaking in Seoul the NATO chief thanked South Korea for their support within Ukraine and said, “I urge the Republic of Korea to continue and to step up on the specific issue of military support.”
The South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said it is against their laws to give arms to countries that are in conflict or war.
However, they have provided Poland with hundreds of aircraft, tanks and other weaponry since the war in Ukraine started on 24 February 2022.
Stoltenberg told the South Korean President that Norway, Sweden and Germany along with other countries have changed their policy to send heavy weaponry to Ukraine.
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Stoltenberg said, “At the end of the day, it’s a decision for you to make, but I’ll say that several NATO allies who have had as a policy to never export weapons to countries in a conflict have changed that policy now.”
He added, “If we don’t want autocracy and tyranny to win, then they need weapons, that’s the reality.”
The NATO chief said it is “extremely important” that Vladimir Putin does not win the war in Ukraine.
Tensions between North Korea and South Korea have been high for some time and should the Republic of Korea send ammunition to Ukraine this could escalate the political situation between the two countries.
Over the weekend North Korea fired a warning shot at NATO for “crossing the red line” and declared that Pyongyang will “stand in the same trench” with Russia.
Kim Jong-Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong blasted the US President Joe Biden over his decision to send the M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine plus their military support packages worth billions to help Ukraine fight against Russia.
Kim Yo Jong said the White House was “further crossing the red line” by sending their tanks to Ukraine and this reflects a “sinister intention to realise its hegemonic aim by further expanding the proxy war for destroying Russia.”
She added, “The US is the arch criminal which poses serious threat and challenge to the strategic security of Russia and pushes the regional situation to the present grave phase.
“I do not doubt that any military hardware the US and the West boast of will be burnt into pieces in the face of the indomitable fighting spirit and might of the heroic Russian army and people.”
Kim Yo Jong then said, that North Korea will always “stand in the same trench” with Russia.
Stefano Sannino, secretary general of the European Union’s European External Action Service slammed Vladimir Putin and warned that Moscow is now at “war against NATO and the West.”
He defended Germany for sending the Leopard 2 main battle tanks to the frontline in eastern Ukraine to help Kyiv to defend themselves.
Sannino said, “I think that this latest development in terms of armed supply is just an evolution of the situation and of the way Russia started moving the war into a different stage.”