The United States needs to build a strategy for the Black Sea region, and only in the context of this, if necessary, consider the possibility of opening military bases in Ukraine, said the former commander of the US Army in Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges.
“Without it (strategy – ed.) For the region, for Ukraine, how can we resist Russia? This means active work with Romania, Georgia, confirmation of our constructive relations with Turkey. Having a strategy, only then can individual politicians be developed, and then the rationale for opening American bases in Ukraine can be considered. Because now to open them – so that what? What is the goal? ” – said Hodges in an interview with the newspaper “NV”.
The general believes that many American allies may have “hard times” if such bases appear in Ukraine, but at the same time “they will not be part of any understandable strategy.”
“All this can be regarded as an unnecessary provocation,” he said.
Nevertheless, Hodges does not oppose an increase in the presence of American forces in the Black Sea region, as well as joint exercises with the British navies or the military forces of Canada.
“We have to realize what our plan is. And of course, the United States and Ukraine must understand that our relationship is strong enough to develop such initiatives, ”he summed up.
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