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NATO cannot close the sky over Ukraine

05.03.2022
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By E. Koutsokosta

The Foreign Ministers decided not to close the sky over Ukraine, as President Volodymyr Zelensky requested the day before, addressing the European Parliament, and Minister Dmitry Kuleba, talking with colleagues. NATO Secretary General explained the decision to abandon air patrols: “We have made it clear that we are not going to invade Ukraine either by land or by air,” said Jens Stoltenberg. “Of course, the only way to introduce a no-fly zone is to send NATO aircraft, fighters into Ukrainian airspace. And then we would have to shoot down Russian planes in this zone. We understand the desperate call of the Ukrainians, but we also believe that if we go forward, it will end in a full-scale war in Europe involving many other countries."
NATO foreign ministers, together with partners from the European Union, Sweden and Finland, at a meeting on Friday in Brussels, said they do not want war, but are ready to defend every inch of their own and common territory. Their countries intend to continue to support Ukraine with the supply of defensive weapons.

 

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