RIGA - If Russia refuses to back down from its aggressive policies, Ukraine will have to turn the tide of the war in the opposite direction, and this will not be possible without serious arms deliveries from the allies, Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (Development/For) said in an interview with Latvian Television.
In his opinion, Western countries have finally realized that they must not hesitate to supply Ukraine with the necessary weapons and that delivering weapons incrementally, thus seemingly avoiding escalation, will make no real difference.
Pabriks also said that Russia is unable to win the war it has started in Ukraine but that it also does not know "how to exit it". One of the possible scenarios for the Russian forces is to reinforce their positions in the already occupied territories without attempting to push further.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian armed forces are switching to modern Western made equipment which potentially should increase the army's combat ability, the Latvian defense minister said, adding that this weaponry will be very useful if Russia will refuse to withdraw.
"If Russia does not want to finally back down from its aggressive policy, Ukraine will have to just try and turn the tide of this war in the opposite direction, and this will be hard to do without large and serious deliveries from the allies," Pabriks concluded.