In a press conference with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, published this Saturday (10), Norwegian diplomat Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), stated that member countries of the military alliance were advised to increase production of weapons in the coming years.
According to the head of NATO, this reinforcement in the manufacture of new weapons should be aimed at preparing for a possible “decade-long confrontation” against Russia. “NATO is not seeking war with Russia, but we must prepare for a confrontation that could last decades,” explained Stoltenberg.
In another part of the interview, the Norwegian diplomat said that the alliance countries must “rebuild and expand their industrial base as quickly as possible, to increase supplies to Ukraine and replenish their own reserves”.
“This means moving from the current slower production rate, typical of times of peace, to rapid production, more suitable for times of conflict”, he highlighted.
Stoltenberg’s statements come amid a debate taking place mainly in Germany, after that country’s Defense Minister, Boris Pistorius, stated that Berlin is preparing for a possible attack from Moscow.
“Deterrence is the only effective means of taking an early stance against an aggressor. If we are attacked, we must be able to wage war. This is crucial. We have to prepare for this”, stated the German minister.