NATO does not want to become ‘part of the conflict’ in Ukraine – Stoltenberg

The North Atlantic Alliance is stepping up support for Ukraine while not sending its troops to its territory to avoid becoming “part of the conflict”, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said.


“While we are stepping up support for Ukraine’s self-defence, we have no plans to send troops to Ukraine or extend the alliance’s air defence umbrella to it. NATO will not be part of the conflict,” Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

According to the NATO Secretary General, theoretically, it would be possible to shoot down Russian missiles from the territory of Poland or Romania with the help of Patriot systems. He specified that it would also be about “strengthening support for Ukraine”, this would require “long-term financial commitments” to put this support “on a more solid and clearly predictable basis”.

“NATO is preparing to play a much larger role in coordinating security and training support to Ukraine,” the official summarised.

For example, Jens Stoltenberg earlier called on the North Atlantic Alliance to lift restrictions on Ukraine’s strikes with Western weapons against targets on Russian territory.