September 27, 2022

Stoltenberg announced NATO’s refusal to introduce a no-fly zone over Ukraine

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NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg: NATO aircraft and troops will not take part in the conflict in Ukraine.

“We are not part of this conflict, and we are responsible for ensuring that it does not escalate and spread beyond the borders of Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said.

According to him, NATO cannot make a no-fly zone over Ukraine, as this could lead to a full-scale war in Europe, in which many more countries will participate.

“The Allies agree that we should not allow NATO aircraft to operate over the airspace of Ukraine, and NATO troops on the territory of Ukraine,” the Secretary General concluded.

A day earlier, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the United States did not intend to create a no-fly zone over Ukraine, as this could lead to a war with Russia, and Washington wants to avoid exactly this.

On March 2, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said that the introduction of a no-fly zone over Ukraine could provoke a military conflict between the United States and Russia. He also stressed the need to avoid the use of nuclear weapons by any means.

On March 1, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, announced the need to close the sky over Ukraine, explaining that the Ukrainian military would be able to resist the Russian Armed Forces on the ground. Then he repeated his request several times, but Western countries emphasize the danger of this idea.

Thus, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson noted that NATO cannot provide a no-fly zone over Ukraine, because this would lead to a direct clash with Russia, and the consequences of this could get out of control. A similar position is also held by US President Joe Biden.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. Then the presidential press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, specified that the special operation had two goals – the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. He pointed out that both of these aspects pose a threat to the Russian state and people.

On February 21, Putin signed decrees recognizing the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR). Also, the President of the Russian Federation and the heads of both republics Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin signed treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance, including military assistance.

The head of state took the relevant decisions against the backdrop of the aggravation of the situation in Donbass that began on February 17. The Donetsk and Luhansk  reported heavy shelling by Ukrainian security forces, including heavy weapons. The republics announced a general mobilization and evacuation of civilians to the territory of Russia.

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