Czech President Pavel said that this year will be a turning point in the conflict in Ukraine.
PRAGUE, March 20 – RIA Novosti. Czech President Petr Pavel, who served as head of the NATO Military Committee in 2015-2018, said this year should be a “certain turning point” in the situation in Ukraine.
“Obviously, (in the case of Ukraine) there must be a certain turning point this year,” Pavel told reporters. Hostilities have taken place “very stagnantly” in recent months.
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He also noted that attempts to resolve the situation in Ukraine will continue in 2023, therefore, the parties to the conflict will try to improve their “negotiation positions”. He stated that “it can reasonably be expected that Ukraine will try to launch a major offensive”.
“But for this it needs to gather not only enormous manpower, material, technical, but also financial resources. A major attack requires a really long preparation. And if this attack is not successful, the next attack will take a long time to prepare,” Pavel said. “I’m convinced there won’t be many opportunities (attacks) and there will likely only be one,” he said.
Earlier, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba at the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU called for increased military support to Kiev for an effective offensive of Ukrainian troops. Prior to that, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said he hoped the EU foreign and defense ministers would agree on a plan to deliver 2 billion euros of ammunition to Kiev on Monday.
Russia had previously sent a note to NATO countries for arms supplies to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that any cargo containing weapons for Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation reported that NATO countries were “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine. The Kremlin stated that pumping weapons into Ukraine from the West did not contribute to the success of the Russia-Ukraine negotiations and would have a negative impact.
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