Posted 13 февраля 13:11

Published 13 февраля 13:11

Modified 13 февраля 14:16

Updated 13 февраля 14:16

Jens Stoltenberg: aircraft deliveries to Ukrainians will not make NATO a party to the conflict

13 февраля 2023, 13:11
According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, at a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on February 14-15, the prospect of supplying aircraft to Ukraine will be discussed, which will take a long time. Stoltenberg said this at a press conference on the eve of the event.
Arms supplies

"We need to clearly distinguish: sending NATO aircraft with pilots to ensure a no—fly zone in Ukraine is NATO's participation in the conflict, supplying aircraft to Ukrainians will not make NATO a participant in the conflict", - Stoltenberg said (quoted by TASS).

He noted that the possibility of supplying combat aircraft to Ukraine will be discussed at the ministerial meeting, but this process will take a lot of time, and Kiev needs urgent supplies. According to him, during the summit it is necessary to make sure that all countries will fulfill their previously assumed obligations. Stoltenberg stressed that it is more important to focus on the weapons that are already supplied to Ukraine, to solve the problems of logistics and maintenance of equipment.

"It is important to be focused on the weapons that we have already supplied to Ukraine. We need to repair it, we need spare parts, logistics", - he said (quoted by Interfax).

According to the NATO Secretary General, it is necessary to discuss with the allies the transfer of new types of weapons to Kiev. It is also important to focus on the weapons that Ukrainian soldiers will be able to use in the near future, Stoltenberg believes. He called armored vehicles an example.