The long-term commitments made at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, this week might be the most effective way to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin that he cannot win his war in Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday.
The NATO pledges “may be the best way to disabuse Vladimir Putin of the idea that he could somehow outlast Ukraine, and outlast the dozens of countries that are supporting Ukraine,” Blinken said at a news conference in Jakarta, Indonesia.
"That's the quickest way, probably, to bring this war to an end," Blinken said. The top US diplomat predicted Putin will try to drag out the war "indefinitely," despite the "horrific costs that he's incurred on Russia itself."
“As long as he continues to believe that somehow he will prevail, he's likely to continue. He needs to be disabused of that notion. These long-term commitments to Ukraine’s security, but also to its economic well-being, as well as humanitarian assistance, are probably the best way to do that,” Blinken said.
“The question now is exactly where and how this ends. Fundamentally, these decisions need to be up to Ukraine, because it's about its future,” Blinken said, repeating a common US refrain about leaving it up to Kyiv how and when to handle any peace negotiations with Russia.
“We haven't seen any signs from Russia that it's actually willing to engage in meaningful diplomacy and end the war that it started,” he added.
What NATO countries pledged to give Kyiv: While Ukraine, as expected, did not leave the Vilnius summit as a member of the military alliance, leading NATO nations gave Kyiv security guarantees and assurances that its future is in the alliance.
A joint declaration agreement from G7 countries committed to long-term investments in Ukraine's fighting forces, both to fend off Russia now and deter attacks in the future. The agreement also vowed to invest in Ukraine's economy and to provide immediate "technical and financial support" for pressing needs brought on by the war.
That came alongside assurances — in writing and in engagements with news media — from leading countries that Ukraine will eventually join NATO.
Remember: The Group of Seven, or G7, is an organization of leaders from some of the world’s largest economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.