The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has explained that Russia underestimated the powers of Ukraine before going into war with it.
NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg has said that it was clear Russia underrated Ukraine’s resistance.
According to him, President Vladimir Putin of Russia also underestimated the unity of the NATO military alliance, adding that Putin has made a big mistake.
Stoltenberg said “He [Putin] has made a big mistake; he totally underestimated the strength of Ukrainian armed forces,” he told CNN.
President Putin did not foresee the courage being displayed by President Volodymyr Zelensky and the people of Ukraine.
He also claimed that the Russian leader had failed in achieving one of his major objectives at the beginning of the war, which was to weaken the NATO alliance.
Stoltenberg believes that what is before Putin at this point is a more strengthened and stronger NATO with two new members, Finland and Sweden, the former which shares a border with Russia.
Stoltenberg added that he is ignoring Putin’s rhetoric and that he will “assess him on his actions.”
Jens Stoltenberg is a Norwegian politician serving since 2014 as the 13th secretary general of NATO. A member of the Labour Party, he previously served as the 34th prime minister of Norway from 2000 to 2001 and again from 2005 until 2013.