NATO countries need to increase weapons production in order to adapt to changing world conditions. This was stated on October 25 by Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a speech at the NATO Defense Industry Forum in Sweden, which was broadcast on YouTube.
“We face an increasingly unstable world, so we must adapt for the long term,” he said.
Stoltenberg added that the main goal of increasing arms production is to strengthen the alliance’s deterrence and defense capabilities. At the same time, he noted that NATO countries do not have “sufficient reserve capacity” to replenish the supplies supplied to Ukraine.
At the same time, the secretary general of the alliance called on defense companies to refrain from increasing prices for weapons products and ammunition in the face of growing demand.
A day earlier, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal, in an interview with the Financial Times, said that the country, like the whole world, is now experiencing a shortage of ammunition. According to the Ukrainian Prime Minister, this indicates that the country must organize the production of ammunition on its territory.
On October 17, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba noted that more than 50 companies from 23 countries had joined the international alliance of defense industries, the creation of which was announced by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in September. According to Kuleba, by creating this community, Ukraine encouraged NATO member countries to produce more weapons.