Its Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, confirmed that the alliance did not intend to send troops to Ukraine, although it is a partner of NATO, but it is not a member of it, after Russian forces invaded Ukraine by land, air and sea Thursday, confirming the worst fears of the West with the most violent attack by a country on another country in Europe since the World War the second.
Italian political analyst, Daniele Ruffnetti, said that at the moment there is “real war” on NATO’s borders, the situation has never been so tense in recent decades.
Rufiniti added, in statements to “Sky News Arabia”, that the meeting will discuss a major issue and the priority of the alliance will be in the coming period, which is to prevent what we unfortunately see in Kiev and prevent its reproduction within a member state of the alliance because it will lead to a collective response, which means in certain situations confronting Possible, which neither NATO nor Putin wants.
He pointed out that there is a danger that Putin may seize this opportunity to move forward, to settle the scores of the so-called “frozen wars” in Georgia and Moldova, meaning that they are on the table, although they are still in the speculative camp.
He stressed that NATO would strengthen its military presence in member states such as the Baltic states, Romania and Poland. “Seeing the American flag in those countries should be enough so that Putin does not go too far, the danger will be enormous. Beyond that, I don’t see any other viable path.”
Ukraine is the beginning
Academic specialist in international affairs, Tariq Fahmy, said that the Russian attack put the West, America and NATO in a dilemma because Washington has redeployed some of its forces in European countries, but it is not enough, as it does not exceed 8,500 soldiers and officers, and therefore does not have a military response as well as Europe.
Fahmy added, to “Sky News Arabia”, that the Europeans do not have many alternatives, and NATO is scattered and it is in a defensive and not military or offensive position, stressing that the Friday meeting or afterwards will only be to record positions that the Russian side does not understand well, as Putin talks about the return of the Union The Soviet and the strategic space of the great Soviet state and talks about other visions and therefore Ukraine is the beginning and what will follow the Baltic republics and Georgia.
He pointed out that “the powers that could have played a role in the crisis, such as France and Germany, who are leading the European Union, failed to deal with the scene, so there is no other power. Britain wants military action, but it is unable to impose this option because it cannot enter with forces.” Because it does not have bases or deployments in European countries, it wants to say that it is an alternative to the Americans in military action, but it does not have special capabilities after its exit from the European Union.
He stressed that “the crisis will continue to escalate, Ukraine is the beginning of what is to come. Georgia and the Baltic states are preparing, and there are fears of a repetition of the scenario, so we are heading to the militarization of Russian foreign policy in its areas of influence to control the Black Sea region.”
deterrence and defense
Stoltenberg said he would take additional steps to strengthen “deterrence and defense” measures after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but stressed that NATO had no intention of sending troops there.
“We called for a video summit on Friday to analyze the path that must be taken and activated defense plans with the aim of being able to deploy the capabilities of the response force where necessary,” he added after an emergency meeting of NATO ambassadors.
“Peace is shattered on our continent. Russia is using force to try to rewrite history and deprive Ukraine of its free and independent path,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference. He added that the new measures “will enable us to deploy capabilities and forces, including the Alliance’s Response Force.”
Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty sets out the principle of collective defence, ensuring that the resources of the entire Alliance can be used to protect any member state, and this is critical for many small nations that would be defenseless without their allies.
Fears about the fate of Ukraine
The US Associated Press highlighted the current events in Ukraine, stressing that it seems much worse for the Baltic states, “for Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians, especially those who lived through the Soviet Union’s control of their country, the Russian attack on Ukraine raises the concern of some from They might be the next target.”
She explained that “the three Baltic states, which were annexed by force by the leader of the former Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, during World War II before gaining independence again with the collapse of the Union in 1991, joined NATO in 2004, and put themselves under protection.” the military of the United States and its Western allies.
In recent weeks, leaders of the Baltic states have made multiple trips to European capitals, warning that the West must make Putin pay for attacking Ukraine, or his tanks will continue to move toward other parts of the former Soviet empire.