Arms shipments to Ukraine are not a case of military conflict with Moscow, senior bloc official said
NATO Military Committee Chairman Robert Bauer said on Tuesday that NATO would not wage war against Russia even if it supported Ukraine with a large number of weapons against Moscow.
In an interview with Estonian public broadcaster ERR, Bauer was asked if the huge aid packages Ukraine received from NATO meant the alliance “At least part of it“During the war with Russia. Bauer, however, rejected this view.
“NATO is not at war with Russia. I must make this clear“, he said, but added that this would be the case if Moscow attacked one of the bloc’s members.
Bauer said the alliance is trying to make that happen.”The clearer the better“to Russia,”that we will defend every inch of our ally’s territory“In such a scenario.
“afterward [in case of an attack] There will be a conflict between Russia and NATO. But until then, NATO is not at war with Russia‘ he emphasized.
In Bauer’s view, while Kiev must decide how to end the conflict, one of NATO’s main goals is to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty. The short-term goal, he argued, should be for the borders to return to normal by 24 February, the day Moscow began its offensive.
Since Russia began military operations in Ukraine, NATO countries have provided Ukraine with a large amount of military equipment as well as financial aid. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in March that NATO’s support has continued since 2014, with the bloc sending military aid and equipment to prepare for such a conflict. Jens Stoltenberg said in March.
Moscow has repeatedly urged the US and other Western countries to stop “pumpUkraine with weapons and other military equipment. Top Russian officials stressed that Kiev’s continued support would only prolong the bloodshed without altering the eventual outcome of the conflict.
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