Latvian President Edgars Rinkēvičs has outlined three pivotal factors that he believes could compel Russian President Vladimir Putin to cease hostilities against Ukraine.
The first factor, according to Rinkēvičs, is the unwavering support from Western nations. He emphasized that Putin is aware he cannot counter the economic might of the United States, Canada, and the European Union.
"The first is the understanding that the West will continue to support Ukraine regardless of the twists and turns of the war," Rinkēvičs stated in an interview with finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.
The second crucial element is the need for Ukraine to bolster its defense capabilities.
Rinkēvičs stressed the importance of increasing defense industrial potential to produce essential military equipment like ammunition, supplies, missiles, drones, and tanks.
"Second, we must demonstrate our determination to increase our defense industrial potential and produce all the necessary ammunition, supplies, missiles, drones, and tanks for Ukraine, while replenishing our own reserves," he said, noting that the war is unlikely to end soon.
The third and final factor is the progress Ukraine makes on the battlefield. Rinkēvičs believes that advancements on the front lines are a critical element in forcing Russia to reconsider its strategy. "And Ukraine's progress on the front lines is the third critical factor," he added.
Rinkēvičs concluded by saying that Russia's current strategy appears to be a war of attrition, hoping that Ukraine and its allies will tire out. "My sense is that Russia's current strategy is simply to continue the war and hope that we get tired," he said.
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