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Finnish PM to WEF: West must support Ukraine “as long as needed”

The West should continue to support Ukraine in its war against Russia for “as long as needed,” even if the war was to last 15 years.

That’s according to Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin this week, at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Speaking to Fareed Zakaria of CNN, Marin expressed the view that the West should continue to back Ukraine in its conflict indefinitely.

“We don’t know when the war will end. But we need to make sure that it will end with a Ukrainian win,” she said, adding: “I don’t think that there’s any other choice.”

“If Russia would win the war, then we would see a decade of this kind of behaviour ahead of us.”

The 34-year-old Prime Minister went on to claim that a Russian victory would “send a message” that superpowers can invade other countries and make gains from doing so.

“I think the only message that we need to send is that we will support Ukraine as long as needed,” she said.

“1 year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, 15 years.”

Despite being historically neutral in the Cold War, Finland is one of two northern European countries which have applied for membership of NATO since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the other being Sweden.

At the same World Economic Forum’s meeting this week, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz echoed Marin’s remarks, saying that “We will continue to support Ukraine – for as long as necessary.”

In addition, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the West is looking to supply Ukraine with even “heavier” weapons to aid it in the Eastern European country’s war effort.

“The main message there will be: more support, more advanced support, heavier weapons and more modern weapons,” he said, adding that weapons are “the way to peace,” but only if they are sent quickly.

“It is very dangerous to underestimate Russia,” he cautioned.

The remarks come as Ukraine seeks to acquire Western tanks and Patriot missile systems, on top of the tens of billions of euros worth of weaponry it has received thus far.

As previously reported by Gript, the West has delivered such substantial weapons packages to Ukraine that there are fears among some NATO member states that they are now being left vulnerable and lacking the critical materials to ensure their own defence.

Last November it was also found that, according to Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation, criminal gangs across the EU are already beginning to acquire military-grade weapons sent to Ukraine, which could prove an ominous development going forward for European law enforcement agencies.


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