The North Atlantic Coalition has no military defense obligations to Ukraine, but if Russia invades, it must increase its military presence in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea and counter cyber attacks.
The EU will have to take tough decisions, including imposing new sanctions on Russia, resolving the gas crisis and obtaining refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.
US President Joseph Biden has ruled out sending troops to Ukraine, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said the North Atlantic Alliance has a duty to protect member states and thus reject military retaliation. Member, State.
Two NATO diplomats say ways to support Ukraine include providing US weapons and speeding up training for the Ukrainian military.
Retired German General Hans-Lothar Domrose, who led one of NATO’s command until 2016, believes the North Atlantic Alliance will “raise the bar” in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Hans-Lothar Domroese told Reuters, “NATO can strengthen the eastern front by sending large troops to Poland and the Baltic states, which NATO has so far rejected. The alliance can also send troops to southeastern Europe.”
Since 2014, NATO has focused on strengthening security in the Baltic states and has set up Canadian, German, British and US military teams in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland. Estonia announced last week that it was in talks to increase NATO’s military presence on its border.
US General Ben Hodges, who served as US commander-in-chief in Europe from 2014-2017, says NATO must be prepared for far-reaching consequences if Russia invades Ukraine. He warns that the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014, has become a “Russian submarine”.
“I expect there to be increased risks at sea, air or cyber level in the event of a major new attack. If there is a new attack, there are three NATO nations in the Black Sea region: Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. We must take all joint security measures,” said General Ben Hodges. Said.
Two NATO diplomats have said defense ministers could discuss adding troops to Romania’s international command in February.
Gen. Ben Hodges believes that a more efficient operational center would include accelerating naval and air operations, exchanging information and closely monitoring Russian submarines and Crimean ports.
Romania has called for an increase in NATO naval presence in the Black Sea, but Bulgaria has been reluctant to challenge Russia. Reuters notes the involvement of Turkey, a NATO member but not part of the European Union.
The North Atlantic Alliance plans to hold a new meeting with Russia, which will find a mutually acceptable solution, the organisation’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.
Russia has been accused of mobilizing nearly 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders, and the Kiev administration fears an invasion.
Russia says it is not ready for an attack, but has condemned the intensification of NATO military operations and plans to expand to the east. Russia is seeking protection from the United States and the North Atlantic Alliance.
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