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Stoltenberg says NATO has no plans to send troops to Ukraine

Stoltenberg says NATO has no plans to send troops to Ukraine

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 27, ARMENPRESS. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told The Associated Press that the military alliance has no plans to send combat troops into Ukraine amid statements and reports that some Western countries may be considering sending troops to the war-ravaged country.

Stoltenberg said that “NATO allies are providing unprecedented support to Ukraine”.

“We have done that since 2014 and stepped up after the full-scale invasion. But there are no plans for NATO combat troops on the ground in Ukraine,” he added.

President Emmanuel Macron of France speaking on Feb. 26, after a meeting of European leaders in Paris to bolster support for Ukraine, stressed that the talks had not resulted in any consensus on putting troops on the ground “in an official, approved and endorsed way.” But he insisted that “anything is possible.”

Ahead of the conference, Prime Minister Robert Fico of Slovakia warned that some Western countries were considering sending soldiers to Ukraine, adding that he opposed the idea.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala also declined to comment, but he underlined that “the Czech Republic certainly doesn’t want to send its soldiers to Ukraine.”

Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland also said on Feb. 27 that “Poland does not plan to send its troops to Ukraine.”

The Kremlin warned that conflict between Russia and the U.S.-led NATO military alliance would be inevitable if European members of NATO sent troops to fight in Ukraine.


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