Ukraine asks NATO for ‘deterrent package’ against Russia – World


Ukraine asked the NATO countries this Wednesday for a “deterrent package” against Russia, at a time when suspicions increase in Kiev and the West that the Russians may be preparing a possible invasion of the neighboring country.

“We believe that, by combining our efforts, acting in a coordinated manner, we will manage to dissuade Putin and encourage him not to choose the worst-case scenario, which a military operation would represent”, declared the head of Ukraine’s diplomacy, Dmytro Kouleba, on arrival for the meeting with their counterparts from the Atlantic Alliance, which is taking place in Riga, capital of Latvia.

Quoted by Agence France Presse (AFP), Dmytro Kouleba said he would ask the Allies “to put in place a deterrent package with Ukraine”, referring to clear communication with Moscow, possible economic sanctions and greater military support for Kiev.

“We remain determined to provide political and practical support to Georgia and Ukraine”, reaffirmed, for his part, the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, at the opening of the session dedicated to these two countries, which aspire to become members of the Alliance Atlantic.

This Tuesday, on the first day of the meeting of allied foreign ministers, which ends today, Jens Stoltenberg and the head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, warned Moscow that any “aggression” against Kiev would have “serious consequences”.

“Any future Russian aggression against Ukraine would have a high price and serious political and economic consequences for Russia,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference after the first day of work, in which the countries of NATO addressed the increase in Russian military concentration in Ukraine and debated possible consequences.

Stoltenberg admitted that NATO cannot enact sanctions, but underlined its vocation to “take decisions, consult and coordinate efforts”.

In that way, he continued, “economic sanctions and political reactions are also included in what we are debating today, also with the United States. We represent 50% of world GDP and, obviously, it is important when NATO allies also debate the application of sanctions against Russia’s behavior,” he said.


Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.

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