“A war between Russia and NATO will not take place”, assures Olaf Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz reaffirmed on Sunday that his country would not allow the war in Ukraine to turn into a conflict between Russia and NATO. On the ground, a missile hit a residential building in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, on Sunday evening, killing one person and injuring at least three, and causing extensive damage. Follow the latest developments in the war in Ukraine hour by hour.
3:34 a.m .: Stoltenberg calls on Seoul to strengthen its aid to Ukraine
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday urged South Korea to step up its military aid to Ukraine, citing the example of countries which, since the start of the war, have changed their policy towards the tradition of not supplying arms to other countries in conflict.
Visiting Seoul at the start of a tour of Asia during which he will also visit Japan with the aim of strengthening ties between these countries and the Transatlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg stressed to senior South Korean officials that events in Europe and North America were linked to other regions.
NATO, he said in a speech to the Chey Institute, wants to respond to global threats by strengthening its partnerships in Asia, against a backdrop of war in Ukraine and increased competition with China.
If he thanked South Korea for its non-lethal aid to Ukraine, Jens Stoltenberg asked Seoul to do more, stressing that Kyiv had an “urgent need” of ammunition.
2:23 a.m .: War in Ukraine will not turn into conflict between Russia and NATO, says Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz reaffirmed on Sunday that his country would not allow the war in Ukraine to turn into a conflict between Russia and NATO, after meeting the Chilean president as part of his tour of Latin America.
“We helped to ensure that there was no escalation of the conflict, as this would have serious consequences for the whole world. This would lead, for example, to a war between Russia and the NATO countries, this will not happen, we will prevent it with all our efforts, we have succeeded so far and we will continue to do so” , said the head of the German government. “It’s about supporting Ukraine, it’s about having a serious debate to make the decisions that need to be made and it shouldn’t be a competition (to know) who sends the most weapons,” he pleaded.
Olaf Scholz explained, in Santiago de Chile, that he and his American counterpart Joe Biden “(refuse) to send troops to Ukraine” in order to avoid an escalation of the conflict.
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