NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joins Battlegrounds for Conversation on NATO’s Response to Ukraine’s Crisis and the Future of the Transatlantic Alliance
Tue, 11/22/2022 – 09:26
Hoover Institution (Stanford, CA) – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joined H. R. McMaster, the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, in an episode of Battlegrounds to discuss a broad set of policy concerns. These included Russia’s assault on Ukraine and how the transatlantic alliance has adapted to other twenty-first-century challenges such as competition from the People’s Republic of China and the impact of climate change on global geopolitics.
Stoltenberg said he is pleased with Ukrainian forces’ battlefield victories against Russia, including their recent recapture of Kherson, the southeastern port city on the west bank of the Dnieper River. These developments, he said, underscore two strategic mistakes that were made by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the lead-up to the announcement of his “special military operation” on February 24.
One, Putin underestimated the resolve of Ukraine’s society, armed forces, and political leadership in mounting a credible defense of their nation’s sovereignty. The Kremlin was confident that it could take Kyiv and install a new government there in a matter …read more
Source:: Hoover Institution