NATO allies on Wednesday were hesitant to back an idea put forward by Poland’s deputy prime minister for the military alliance to send an armed “peace mission” into Ukraine.
Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski made the suggestion Tuesday after speaking with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He suggested NATO should send a “peace mission” into Ukraine to deliver humanitarian aid that “will be able to defend itself.”
Whether or not the mission is done in the name of peace, Russia would presumably view the deployment of NATO troops into Ukraine as the alliance entering the war. When asked about Kaczynski’s plan, NATO defense ministers didn’t outright dismiss the idea but wouldn’t back it either.
British Defense Minister said Ben Wallace said he would need to “look at the details first before making any decisions about what happens.”
Estonian Defense Minister Kalle Laanet said the proposed deployment was “one of the possibilities and, of course, we have to look to all the possibilities which can help Ukraine.”
Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren sounded more opposed to the plan and said it would have to happen after the war was over. “I’m afraid we’re still in too early stages to talk about that,” Ollongren said. “First we have to have a ceasefire. We have to see a withdrawal from Russia. There has to be some kind of agreement between Ukraine and Russia, and I think the talks are still going on.”
So far, NATO is not planning to enter Ukraine to fight Russia directly, although there is growing support for the alliance to impose a no-fly zone, which would require NATO planes to shoot down Russian ones and bomb missile systems inside Russia. On Monday, Estonia’s parliament released a statement calling for a no-fly zone, making the Baltic country the first NATO state to have an official body call for a direct war with Russia.
8 thoughts on “NATO Allies Hesitant to Back Polish Official’s Call for ‘Peace Mission’ in Ukraine”
Way to go, Minister Kaczynski! quick learner, first-rate double-think there, “war is peace”, “armed peace mission”? to deliver supplies to one side, hmmmm?
If Poland wants to go to war with Russia and relive their glory days of the 1920’s
then go ahead but you are on your own.
Send them to Mariupol today. They can use some humanitarian aid there.
Maybe China/Russia should send an “armed peace mission” into Iraq, Syria, Canada and Mexico.
Palestine as well.
Well, that’s one way to do it…
This is the usual run up to some sort of “intervention.” First you have some low-level clown suggest it, to “run it up the flag pole.” Then if it isn’t instantly shot down – like the no-fly zone was by the Pentagon – then you start pushing it in the media.
I don’t anticipate NATO directly involving itself. What I think they will do is send in their CIA “mercenary army” into western Ukraine in a “Save the Nazis” campaign to keep Russia out of Lvov and Galicia. Needless to say, it won’t work – Russia will destroy them – gleefully, I might add.
Then the question becomes: What will NATO do next? The question devolves to: Can the US Pentagon keep Biden from being stupid? The jury is out on that.
It’s easier to prevent nuclear war than it is to try and keep someone from being a bit foolish or stupid….
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