NATO countries on Friday rejected Kiev’s request to create a no-fly zone in Ukraine to avoid “total war”.
According to Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the Alliance, “the issue has been raised and the Allies have agreed that we should not have NATO planes operating in Ukrainian airspace or NATO troops in ground, because we could end up with an all-out war in Europe”.
In a statement after an Atlantic Alliance meeting in Brussels, Stoltenberg explained that “the only way to implement a no-fly zone is to send NATO fighter jets into Ukraine’s airspace and then shoot down Russian planes to enforce it”.
“We have a responsibility to prevent the escalation of this war beyond Ukraine. Because it would be even more dangerous, more devastating, and cause even more human suffering,” he said, noting that “the days ahead will be worse, with more deaths, more destruction.”
The NATO boss also indicated that a meeting of Alliance Defense Ministers was convened on March 16 to “take the necessary decisions”.
It should be noted that NATO has strengthened its defenses in the East with the deployment for the first time of its rapid reaction force, the dispatch of thousands of Alliance soldiers to the countries on the eastern flank, the alert more than 130 combat aircraft and more than 200 ships at sea.