Ukraine demands more weapons from NATO

Ukrainian soldiers sit on an armored military vehicle in the city of Severodonetsk in the Donbas region on April 7, 2022, amid the Russian military invasion against Ukraine.

Several diplomats have used the term: the images of the massacres of civilians in Boutcha have led to a real “revolution” at NATO, where foreign ministers met on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 April. The Alliance’s response is unanimous and can be summed up in one formula: “We must stop the war without waging the war”, as one diplomatic source put it. So I hope that the sanctions imposed on the Russian regime will bear fruit and force it into real negotiations. And also hope that the resistance of the Ukrainians will last, just like the battle of Donbass “already underway”, declared Thursday evening Dmytro Kouleba, the Ukrainian foreign minister, invited to the meeting in Brussels.

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‘No country is in favor of sending troops to Ukraine’, stated again the Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg. There is also no longer any question of the delivery of fighter aircraft to Kiev. To prevent a “escalation” which would lead to open conflict with immeasurable consequences between Russia and NATO. Similar reasoning in Washington: “The interest of the United States and the American people is not to go to war against Russia”said Tuesday, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr Kouleba has long integrated this data. He knows there will be no direct intervention from the Allies because the threat of a nuclear reaction agitated by Vladimir Putin from the outbreak of the conflict was carried. Serbia had no nuclear weaponsreplies one diplomat, in an allusion to “Deliberate Force”, the NATO bombing of Serbian army positions in Bosnia, in 1995, or to “Allied Force”, in Kosovo, in 1999.

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Mr Kouleba therefore left with a single promise: new weapons. “to ensure that Ukrainians can defend themselves”as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. “Arms is now or it will be too late”replied the head of Ukrainian diplomacy. “I have no doubt that Ukraine will have the necessary weapons, the question is when”he insisted, in allusion to the delay between oral commitments and their realization.

“Either you help us now, and I’m talking days, not weeks. Or it will come too late and a lot of people will die added Mr Kouleba. “The production chains need to be accelerated, but the states currently present in external theaters have their own needs”replies a diplomat, who agrees with disturbing slowness.

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