Friday, May 20

Russia-Ukraine conflict: NATO sends planes and ships to Eastern Europe

NATO countries have decided to send ships and fighter planes, as well as to place forces on standby to strengthen their defense in Eastern Europe. A reaction to Russian military activities on Ukraine’s borders.

“NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including strengthening the eastern part of the Alliance. We will always respond to any deterioration in our security environment, in particular by strengthening our collective defence,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement.

The United States has also ordered the evacuation of the families of its diplomats in Ukraine, considering that a Russian invasion of the country is highly possible. A decision deemed “premature” and “excessive” by local authorities.

The European Union delays

For its part, the European Union has asked for an explanation from American diplomacy, saying it is surprised by Washington’s “dramatization”.

“US Secretary of State Blinken will explain the reasons for this announcement. We’re not going to do the same, because we don’t know the specific reasons,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on arrival for the meeting with EU ministers to discuss tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

“I don’t think we should dramatize insofar as the negotiations are continuing and they are continuing. We have not taken any decision to request the departure of the families of our diplomats from Ukraine, unless Blinken provides us with information justifying such a movement”, he added.

“We must not put ourselves in the logic of a war. We must avoid war,” said the dean of EU foreign ministers, the Luxembourger Jean Asselborn.

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