The provision of battle tanks by Germany and allies to Ukraine, according to experts, increases the risk of NATO being drawn into a war with Russia. These risks were assessed by Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
NATO Secretary General in an interview noted that Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state, which, in accordance with the UN Charter, has the right to self-defense. At the same time, the Alliance has every right to help us realize this right.
What are the risks of drawing NATO into a war with Russia
Jens Stoltenberg stressed that the Alliance has been supporting Ukraine since the first days of a full-scale Russian invasion. However, NATO does not send its soldiers to Ukraine and does not use aircraft. Despite this, the Alliance is helping our country to defend its independence, sovereignty and freedom with equipment and weapons.
NATO Secretary General noted that there is always a risk of escalation. Given these risks, the Alliance is increasing its presence on the eastern flank.
There is always a risk of escalation. That is why it is so important to strengthen NATO's military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance. So, we are giving a clear signal to Moscow,” Stoltenberg said.
A nuclear war cannot be won
Commenting on the latest nuclear threats from the Kremlin, Stoltenberg said that the risk of using nuclear weapons is now low. However, the NATO Secretary General calls the statements from Moscow irresponsible, because there will be no winners in a nuclear war (if one starts). .
The NATO Secretary General also stressed that the world cannot afford to be subjected to Russian nuclear blackmail, because then the situation would become even more dangerous, because Russia would start the topic of the nuclear threat again and again, wanting to achieve some goal.
Partners provide tanks to Ukraine
On the afternoon of January 25, Germany announced the long-awaited decision to provide Ukraine with 14 Leopard 2A6 tanks. Berlin wants to form 2 tank battalions for Ukraine, but so far this is such a first step. In addition to the tanks themselves, the new assistance package will include logistics, training of our military, which will begin soon, and tank maintenance.
In anticipation of their desire to provide German tanks to Ukraine, Poland, Finland, Norway, Spain, Denmark and Netherlands. Now all these countries actually agree to deliveries, because Berlin gives the “green light” for these deliveries.
In addition, the UK will provide Ukraine with its Challenger 2 tanks. According to media reports, the United States will also provide Ukraine with its M1 Abrams tanks , however, Washington has not yet confirmed or denied this information.