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NATO inadvertently encourages war with Ukraine to continue indefinitely – Kurt Volker

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Recently, statements in the West about the need for Ukraine to join NATO under certain conditions have become more frequent. Thus, former Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance Anders Fogh Rasmussen noted that Brussels should offer Kyiv a compromise – to become part of a bloc without the Ukrainian territories in the south and east, which are under temporary occupation by Russia.

He also spoke about our country’s membership in NATO. former US Ambassador to the Alliance, American Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, noting that the delay in joining encourages the Putin regime to endlessly continue the war, Ukrinform reports.

The politician, noting that he expresses a personal point of view, and not the position of the US government, emphasized that the Alliance must accept Ukraine into its ranks as soon as possible.

“I am convinced that NATO’s policy today unintentionally sends a signal to Putin to continue hostilities. We say that Ukraine will become a member in the long term, but we cannot bring it into NATO while this war continues. This is an incentive for Putin to continue the war. I really think it’s time for us to send the exact opposite message, that Ukraine will become a member of NATO as quickly as possible. This means that there will be no way for Ukraine to lose. Then for Putin the continuation of this war will be pointless, and for Russia it will be destructive,” – Volcker said during a conference in the European Parliament.

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In his opinion, the practical implementation of such an intention is not as difficult as it is believed. However, there are concerns that Ukraine’s membership could lead to escalation, the risk of the use of nuclear weapons or a direct clash between NATO and Russian troops. These concerns must be addressed, but they can be addressed, according to Volker.

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“We can talk, in particular, in the format of the NATO-Ukraine Council, what Article 5 will mean for Ukraine, and what steps the Alliance will take in accordance with this article to protect Ukraine. Article 5 does not contain specific obligations to send troops, it speaks of a collective response. We have such a collective response even now, because NATO already provides training, equipment, intelligence data to Ukraine,” – Volker explained.

The diplomat believes that NATO can do more to help Ukraine. This, in particular, concerns the provision of mine clearance capabilities, including maritime mine clearance, which will open routes across the Black Sea. NATO could also launch freedom of navigation missions in the Black Sea, which would negate Russia’s claims to the right to attack civilian ships of third countries in international waters. Such actions of Russia, according to him, are equal to piracy.

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“NATO can also directly join in the air defense of Ukraine. Providing the appropriate equipment is a good start, things are now better than before. But I think the Alliance can do more by directly helping Ukraine with air defense. From the west, Ukraine borders on NATO countries, which makes it possible to use the opportunities for air protection of large populated areas or civil infrastructure facilities,” – Kurt Volker noted.

Let us recall that the authors of the study by the German Society for Foreign Policy (DGAP) do not exclude that six years will be enough for Russia to prepare its troops for a direct conflict with NATO.

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Author: Irina GAL, “FACTS”

Source: Fakty

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