NATO Developing Action Plan in Case of Further Russian Aggression Against Ukraine
While not yet an official member, Ukraine draws broad support from NATO
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Cooperation at the level of the military leadership of Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff and the NATO Military Committee is quite active.
“The task of this military unit of the Alliance is to make a plan in case of aggressive hostilities. […] There is a special headquarters located in Mons where action plans in case of aggression are being planned, including direct aggression. Ukrainian military are not only involved, they serve directly in Mons, there are several people whose task is to bring all the information for the Alliance’s military action planning in case of aggression anywhere in the world, but of course, the Ukrainian direction is the priority now,” Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko said at a briefing, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.
According to Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine cannot rely on NATO’s direct support in case of open Russian aggression but the Alliance is doing its best to prepare Ukraine for a possible attack.
“If Ukraine were a member of NATO, then Article 5 on collective defense would be used and NATO would defend Ukraine as one of its allies with every means possible. Actually, we are strategically striving for NATO membership. But since we are not a member of NATO yet, the Alliance can only provide assistance to strengthen the security and defense sector of Ukraine. In this regard, we have an absolutely agreed upon vision with our partners,” Kuleba stated when asked about NATO’s stance in case of open aggression against Ukraine by Russia.
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