Despite the pleas of some Ukrainians, NATO countries will not establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
Secretary Jens Stoltenberg described it as a “painful choice” and said that NATO must not escalate the conflict by engaging Russian forces in Ukraine directly, on the ground, or from the air.
Stoltenberg stated Friday that imposing a no-fly zone could lead to NATO planes in Ukraine shooting down Russian aircraft. The administration of President Biden has also ruled out such an action, declaring that it is “not going down.”
He said, “We understand your desperation but we also believe that we would end up with something which could lead to a full-fledged European war involving many more countries and more human suffering.”
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary, answered questions from reporters on Friday, March 4, 2022.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine’s President, stated this week that the West should think about a no-fly zone. Lesia Vasylenko, a Ukrainian member of Parliament, said Friday that a “no-fly” zone was “the only thing that we need right now.”
Stoltenberg stated that the war in Ukraine is likely to get worse in the days ahead, with more deaths, more suffering, and more destruction as Russian armed forces continue their attacks across Ukraine.
Stoltenberg stated that NATO is strengthening its relations with non-member countries Finland and Sweden. Stoltenberg condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine’s nuclear power station, calling it “reckless.”
According to the International Atomic Energy Administration, no radiation was released during the attack, and the fire at the plant was put out.