If the West relaxes its support for Ukraine, next year may be even more favorable for Russia. At the same time, Russia’s victory in the war against Ukraine could have unpleasant consequences for the West in the future. Czech President Petr Pavel said this in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, who will hold talks with his counterpart Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giorgio Meloni during his official visit to Italy today.
Pavel emphasized that, as president, he assesses the situation regarding the war in Ukraine not only from the perspective of the battlefield, but also from the point of view of principles. “We have no choice but to give Ukraine everything it needs for its task of restoring sovereignty and control over its borders: Anything less would be our failure,” Pavel said.
A Russian victory would reinforce the idea that other regimes can achieve their goals by force and that they can rely on the weakness of Western democracies, Pavel believes.
According to him, the winter will give Russia, which has already managed to turn its industry into a war mode, time to recover. “They’re producing a lot more large-caliber ammunition, more tanks, recruiting more soldiers. They are negotiating with several countries about supplies,” the president recalled. “If we miss the opportunity to maintain our support for Ukraine, next year could be even more favorable for Moscow. This year is key to laying the foundations for success, next year will be more difficult,” he added.
Pavel criticized the insufficient supply of military equipment to Ukraine, which cannot continue the highly intensive operation. “We have not kept our promises to supply the Ukrainians with artillery ammunition, training for the F-16 is not going as fast as it should,” Pavel said, pointing to Berlin’s hesitancy regarding the supply of Taurus long-range missiles, for example.