September 27, 2022

Johnson ruled out the possibility of NATO involvement in what is happening in Ukraine


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British Prime Minister Johnson: NATO will not become a party to the conflict in Ukraine.

NATO will not become a party to the conflict in Ukraine. This was stated by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an article for The New York Times, published on March 6.

“Not a single ally has sent combat units to Ukraine,” Johnson said, adding that NATO member countries do not have hostility towards the Russians.

According to the prime minister, the states that are members of the alliance “have no desire” to question the “greatness of the country and the world power” that is Russia. At the same time, Johnson drew attention to the fact that Ukraine did not have a serious prospect of NATO membership in the near future.

However, earlier in the day, the BBC reported that the British Prime Minister presented an action plan for Ukraine, inviting the international community to join it. The plan of the British politician consists of six points and provides for the mobilization of an international humanitarian coalition to support Ukraine.

Prior to that, on March 1, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced the need to close the sky over Ukraine, explaining that on the ground the Ukrainian military would be able to resist the Russian Armed Forces. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on March 4 that the alliance would not introduce a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JSC) of the US Armed Forces, General Mark Milley, a day later clarified that NATO, represented by its Secretary General and the political leadership of the countries, does not currently plan to get involved in Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. Whereas Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said he was disappointed with NATO’s actions.

The situation in Donbass escalated on February 17. In the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, heavy shelling by Ukrainian security forces was reported, including from heavy weapons. The republics announced a general mobilization, the evacuation of civilians to the territory of Russia, and also asked to recognize their independence. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing their sovereignty.

On February 24, the President of Russia announced an operation to protect the civilian population in the Donbass. It pursues several goals – the protection of the civilian population of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, as well as the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. According to the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov, the last two aspects pose a threat to the Russian state and people. At the same time, on March 6, a representative of one of the competent Russian departments said that Ukraine was going to get nuclear weapons in the near future.

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