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Some NATO members may send their own military forces to Ukraine - diplomat

20 January, 2024 Saturday
16:24

Matthew Bryza, former US Assistant Secretary of State and Director for European and Eurasian Affairs at the US National Security Council, tells how far Ukraine's partners in security agreements will be willing to go

He said this in an interview with Anton Borkovskyi, host of the Studio West program on Espreso TV channel.

"The limit is putting actual NATO boots on the ground in Ukraine. However, there are some members of NATO we've talked about sending not under the NATO umbrella but their own military capabilities to Ukraine," Bryza said.

This is a question that comes up from time to time, and there is no clear answer as to what the limits are for some of Ukraine's Western partners, other than that NATO will not intervene directly unless some NATO members are under attack by Russia, the former US Secretary of State noted.

"The greater Russia escalates, the more likely we are to see I believe some NATO member states getting involved on the ground. And at the same time, I think that the more Ukraine is able to succeed and keep the Black Sea Fleet out of the Black Sea and then to get ready, when it gets the military capabilities it needs from its Western friends, to break the land bridge between Crimea and Donbass and Russia. We will see even more assistance coming from Ukraine's friends in the West," he concluded.

  • German media reported that NATO plans to conduct large-scale exercises under the scenario of a Russian attack on the Alliance.
  • Rob Bauer, chairman of NATO's military committee, is convinced that civilians in the West should prepare for a comprehensive war with Russia.
  • On January 19, the Centre for Strategic Communications explained why NATO is organising the largest exercise since the end of the Cold War.
  • Experts from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said that Russia is trying to continue to present the large-scale NATO exercise Steadfast Defender 2024 as provocative in the information space.
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