Stoltenberg: The war in Ukraine must not spread

Jens StoltenbergPhoto: AP Photo / Olivier Matthys
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On Friday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reiterated that NATO has a responsibility to prevent the war in Ukraine from spreading beyond the country’s borders.

In an interview with the news agency AFP, he also stated that it is inappropriate to impose a no-fly zone in Ukraine.

“We have a responsibility to prevent this conflict from escalating outside Ukraine’s borders and becoming a full-scale war between Russia and NATO,” Stoltenberg said on Friday.

Major consequences

Such a no-fly zone would mean that NATO has to shoot down Russian planes that violate the flight ban, and that would, according to Stoltenberg, lead to a full-scale war between NATO and Russia.

It would also mean that NATO would have to attack Russian air defense systems not only in Ukraine but also in Belarus and Russia, he said.

The Biden administration in the USA has also ruled out a no-fly zone.

“Important role”

Stoltenberg believes that NATO’s training of tens of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers, as well as the supply of military equipment, have played a very important role in Ukraine’s fight against the Russian forces.

But the most important thing is what Russian President Vladimir Putin does, he emphasized.

“The most important thing is that President Putin ends this meaningless war, withdraws all forces, and participates in sincere diplomatic attempts to find a political solution,” Stoltenberg said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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1 Comment on "Stoltenberg: The war in Ukraine must not spread"

  1. If Jens doesn’t want the war to spread – escalate – why doesn’t he support giving the Russians the fair security treaty they want and we owe them after breaking our past verbal security promises to them and our Budapest peace agreement breaking Kiev coup?

    Russia Today is running this: “Ukraine’s NATO membership was never ‘imminent,’ Stoltenberg claims:
    The head of the US-led alliance says NATO had never seen Kiev’s potential membership as being “relevant in the near future””

    Jens should carefully read Reagan-era Secretary of State George Shultz’s 11Dec20 100th birthday, parting (sadly) Washington Post column at https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/12/11/10-most-important-things-ive-learned-about-trust-over-my-100-years/

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