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NATO Refuses to Install No-Fly Zone Over Ukraine

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NATO member states do not want to hear about establishing a ‘no-fly zone’ over Ukraine. In this way, the alliance wants to avoid being dragged into the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

 

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said this on Friday after an extraordinary meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky has called for a “no-fly zone” over his country several times. This would make it impossible for Russia to attack Ukrainian targets from the air any longer. But it also means that such a thing could lead to a direct confrontation between NATO troops and Russian forces.

According to Stoltenberg, the ‘no-fly zone’ issue was discussed during the meeting with the foreign ministers. “But we agreed that we should not have NATO planes in Ukrainian airspace, nor NATO troops on the ground, because we could end up in an all-out war in Europe.” And that would only cause “more human suffering” and an even higher number of civilian deaths.

“We are not part of this conflict; NATO is not seeking war with Russia,” Stoltenberg stressed. However, the alliance will “do whatever it takes” to defend every inch of the territory of the 30 NATO countries, should Russia involve one of the member states in the conflict. Ukraine is not part of NATO.

The alliance decided last week to deploy its rapid response force, the NATO Response Force, for the first time. NATO is also strengthening its eastern flank, intended to deter Russia.

The NATO chief spoke of “the worst military aggression in Europe in decades”.

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