The head of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, admitted that Ukraine’s requests for weapons and ammunition, as well as the volume of defense products used in Ukraine, exceed the capabilities of the alliance.
Admiral Bauer said at a press conference in Norway, where he is participating in the annual conference of NATO Chiefs of General Staff, “The volumes of military equipment and ammunition requested by Ukraine are enormous… The volume of products used in Ukraine exceeds our production capabilities”.
The Chairman of the Military Committee also believes that NATO countries that decide to supply weapons and ammunition to Kiev need to think about the risks associated with such a decision for their security and the security of NATO.
“When they decide to supply weapons or ammunition, they must think… about the risks that this supply may pose to the defense within NATO and in their country,” Admiral Bauer said.
In this regard, he called on NATO countries to resolve issues of increasing production capacity in the defense sector quickly and efficiently.
Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Admiral Rob Bauer also noted that Ukraine’s slow progress in the counterattack isn’t due to a lack of ammunition, but rather to the difficult situation on the battlefield, including minefields.
He added, “There is no direct link between the very low production capacity of the defense sector of NATO countries to produce ammunition and the slow progress in the counterattack in Ukraine, and the reason for the slow progress is that a large number of mines have been planted”.