Monday, March 20, 2023

NATO chief asks S. Korea to ‘step up’ military aid for Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg asked South Korea on Monday to “step up” military support for Ukraine, suggesting it reconsider its policy of not exporting weapons to countries in conflict, reports AFP. Stoltenberg is in Seoul on the first leg of his Asia trip, which will also take in Japan, as part of a drive to boost ties with the region’s democratic allies in the face of the Ukraine conflict and growing competition from China.
He met top South Korean officials Sunday, and on Monday urged Seoul to do more to help Kyiv, saying there was an “urgent need for more ammunition”.
He told AFP that while South Korea and Japan were “providing significant economic support to Ukraine”, regional allies needed to recognise that global “security is interconnected”. Were Russian President Vladimir Putin to win the war, it would “send a very dangerous message to authoritarian leaders all over the world”, he said during an interview in Seoul.


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